Report: Giga Berlin Construction Delayed Six Months

A new Tesla factory under construction in Berlin will be delayed by six months, according to a new report.

Automobilwoche, a car industry trade publication, reported Sunday that production at Giga Berlin will not begin until January 2022. Tesla boss Elon Musk officially gave the team half a year more, the report said, citing “company circles.”

Tesla was targeting a July 1 opening of the factory, however, it seems difficulties with permits have cause the delay. The factory in Berlin is one of two currently under construction. Tesla is also building a new factory in Austin, Texas, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

There is some dispute around the report. Just a week ago on Tesla’s Q1 2021 earnings call, Chief Executive Elon Musk said both Texas and Berlin should be operational this year. 

“We’re building factories as quickly as we can,” Musk said on the call. “Both Texas and Berlin are progressing well, and we expect to have initial limited production from those factories this year and volume production from Texas and Berlin next year.”

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