Sumary of Tesla’s Factory in Berlin Runs Into Activists, Red Tape and Lizards:
- Instead it has become a manifestation of what happens when Silicon Valley ambition collides with German procedure.
- The $7 billion factory, which will supply the fast-growing European market for electric cars, is at least six months behind schedule, according to local officials.
- It buys time for competing manufacturers like Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Renault to try to establish their own expanding lineups of electric cars.
- Tesla’s Model 3, which the company imports to Europe from China or the United States, is the top-selling electric vehicle on the continent.
- 4 sport utility vehicle, introduced during the last year, have surpassed Tesla in combined sales, according to Matthias Schmidt, an independent analyst in Berlin who tracks electric car sales in Europe.
- ”The delay is nothing new for Tesla, which has a long history of overly optimistic timelines for autonomous driving, electric long-haul trucks and rocket launches.
- Two other groups, the Nature Protection Federation of Brandenburg, known as NABU, and the Green League, have gone to court to force Tesla to relocate a population of sand lizards, roughly 10 inches in length and bright green and gray, that thrive in the site’s sandy soil, as well as several 30-inch-long smooth adders.