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Court suspends construction of Gigafactory in Germany

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Court suspends construction of Gigafactory in Germany

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A German court ordered Tesla to suspend works on its “Gigafactory” factory on Sunday for environmental reasons.

In November last year, Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive, announced that Germany had been the country chosen to host the brand's first factory in Europe, Gigafactory 4.

Now, according to the The Guardian, a German court ordered the temporary suspension of works in Gruenheide, just outside Berlin, due to the felling of trees, supporting the environmental organization Grüne Liga Brandenburg.

The decision comes after the environmental authorities have given the green light for the company to clear 92 hectares of forest. In a statement, the court said it ordered the work to be suspended since it would take just three days for the work to be completed, which would not give the court time to hear the complaint lodged by environmentalists.

"It cannot be assumed that the case launched by the Grüne Liga Brandenburg has no chance of success," reads the court statement quoted by the British newspaper.

Environmentalists claim that Gigafactory 4 is a threat to the species in the region, as well as to the water supply. If materialized, this will be Tesla's fourth company, after those already existing in Nevada, New York and Shanghai.


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