Tesla CEO Elon Musk visits Germany, meets with state leaders over ‘Giga factory’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk visits Germany, meets with state leaders over ‘Giga factory’

Tesla (TSLA.O) CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday evening met with the leadership of Brandenburg, the German state where the group’s 5.8 billion euro ($6.9 billion) European gigafactory is being built, its Economy Minister Joerg Steinbach said on Twitter.

Steinbach, who posted an image of Musk alongside the tweet, said the meeting was additionally gone to by Brandenburg’s state premier Dietmar Woidke.

“Very relaxed evening meeting with @elonmusk, D. Woidke, co-workers on both sides and myself. In an atmosphere of mutual trust we discussed the remaining tasks. Thanks to you and your great family for this visit, Elon!,” Steinbach said.

Steinbach’s comments come after public flight information had before shown the appearance of Musk’s jet in Germany, where Tesla is confronting delays in attempting to bring the new manufacturing site on stream.

Armin Laschet, the conservative candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor, is scheduled to visit Tesla’s site, situated in Gruenheide close to Berlin, on Friday to meet with local staff as part of his election campaign.

Because of environmental resistance and red tape, it stays unclear when the first vehicles will move off the production line at the site.

Tesla has effectively pushed back the expected opening to late 2021. The environmental agency in Brandenburg presently can’t seem to give final approval – which means a further deferral can’t be precluded, even into 2022.

Musk has routinely travelled to Germany to mind the plant’s progress and during a visit in May scrutinized Germany’s bureaucracy.

“It’s gonna be awesome,” Musk said on Twitter on Wednesday in response to a tweet that cited an article saying that public opposition to the plant was declining.

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