Elon Musk waives 1.1 billion – allegedly because he generally rejects subsidies
Tesla builds a battery plant in Berlin-Grunheide in addition to a car factory. Apparently nothing changes in these plans. "Tesla is still sticking to its plans for the battery and recycling factory in the Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg, but is foregoing state funding," Tesla told the broadcaster.
The state funding would have brought more than 1.1 billion euros into the company’s coffers. The funds are related to the European funding program IPCEI. Tesla did not give the rbb a reason for the waiver. But Elon Musk tweeted in response to a report that he was against any kind of subsidy:
The funds not used by Tesla are now available for other projects, according to the Federal Ministry of Economics under its current boss Peter Altmaier (CDU). The new federal government would then have to decide on the specific use – presumably the new Federal Minister of Economics, Robert Habeck (The Greens). According to Reuters, the funding applications to the state of Brandenburg have not been withdrawn.
More about the new Tesla factories: Tesla factory in Grunheide: Public participation will be repeated
The Tesla plant in Austin / Texas is due to be completed in 2021
At least the car factory in Grunheide should go into operation this year, according to Elon Musk. Model Y is to be built first, and later also Model 3. The new 4680 cells are also to be produced in the battery plant. However, overall approval for the works is still pending. The deadline for public participation ended on Monday. Now the objections have to be clarified. When a decision could then be made is unclear.
According to Elon Musk, around 12,000 workers will produce half a million cars a year in Grunheide. However, these numbers are probably a vision for the coming years, not for the start of series production.
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