Berlin (Reuters) - Tesla's Berlin gigafactory only needs a final operating permit from the state's environment department to begin production, following the final round of local discussions on the plant.
German Automobilwoche reported that Tesla's German factory will start production in December, while Volkswagen's Audi will start production in Brussels in the fourth quarter.
It is worth mentioning that since Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the construction of a fourth "gigafactory" near Berlin at the end of 2019, his European production plan has been seen by many as a declaration of war against Germany's three major auto manufacturing groups -- Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler.
In addition to its new car production unit, Tesla is building a large battery factory at the same site in Glenhead, near Berlin.
Tesla has faced many environmental issues since the project began, including the logging of forested areas and habitats for species. There is also the thorny question of where to get enough water from, after all, after years of dry summers that have seen water tables drop dramatically.
If the project goes ahead, it will be Tesla's first "gigafactory" in Europe and is expected to produce 500,000 cars a year, making it more electric vehicles than all German manufacturers combined.