German court orders Tesla to stop cutting trees near Berlin

Yesterday, a German court ordered Tesla to stop deforestation near Berlin, where an electric vehicle manufacturer intends to build its first European plant.

Tesla’s plans to build a Gigafactory in Grünheide were announced last November. And although a construction permit has not yet been granted, the state environmental administration gave the green light to cut down 92 hectares of forest for the plant, and the company began to clear the site at its own peril and risk. A local environmental group called Brandenburg Green League went to court, believing that placing the plant in this place would harm the environment and water supply.

The High Administrative Court of Berlin and Brandenburg responded to the appeal and ordered Tesla to stop cutting trees.

Tesla already has two factories in the United States and one in China.

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