It’s Called Bürokratie

Or bureaucracy, if you prefer. That’s what’s happening to Tesla’s German gigafactory.

Nobody does it better, or worse, than the Germans.

Explainer: What’s happening with Tesla’s $7 billion German ‘gigafactory’?

Next Thursday, July 1, was supposed to be a day of celebration for Tesla: the opening of its self-styled “gigafactory” in the tranquil German municipality of Gruenheide, just outside Berlin.

But thanks to fierce environmental resistance, red tape and planning tweaks it is completely unclear when the first vehicles will roll off the production line of the electric carmaker’s first European factory.

Tesla has already pushed back the expected opening to late 2021. Yet the environmental agency in Brandenburg, the state where the 5.8 billion euro ($6.9 billion) plant is being built, has still not given final approval – meaning a further delay cannot be ruled out, even into 2022.

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