Tesla stated it had resumed tree cutting in Gruenheide, Germany, so it can build its first European automotive and battery manufacturing unit following moves by green activists to stop local deforestation.
The U.S. electric car manufacturer last November stated it’ll construct a manufacturing unit in Gruenheide in the eastern region of Brandenburg near Berlin, creating as much as 12,000 jobs, a decision that was previously praised as a vote of confidence in Germany.
Tesla wants to begin production in 2021; however, green activists have exploited legal loopholes in the planning process to halt the felling of trees until an environmental audit is finalized to gauge whether any rare species might be compromised.
A local courtroom Thursday interfered and rejected green activists’ efforts to stop the land being cleared of trees, adding its decision could not be appealed.
The courtroom’s decision was welcomed Friday by Germany’s trade association BDI and economy minister Peter Altmaier.
Legislators from Germany’s pro-business Christian Democrat and Free Democrat parties had warned that the legal fight waged against the Gigafactory would prompt serious injury on Germany’s image as a place to do business.
Green activists from an organization calling themselves the “Tree pirates” with the motto “Up with trees, down with capitalism” Friday stated it had occupied the forest to stop Tesla from constructing its plant.