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May 17, 2021

Musk visiting delayed German Tesla factory

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk was scheduled to visit the group's planned gigafactory near Berlin, a state minister said, shortly after the factory's opening was pushed back to late 2021.

“We have been informed by @Tesla on Friday, May 14th, that a visit of @elonmusk of Gruenheide was expected to happen,” Joerg Steinbach, economy minister of the German state of Brandenburg, where the plant is being built, said in a tweet late on Sunday cited by the Reuters news agency.

“As the purpose of this visit is mainly technical in character political meetings with (state premier) #Woidke or myself have not been scheduled.”

German newspaper Tagesspiegel said Musk had landed in Berlin late on Sunday, Reuters added.

Tesla declined to comment to the news agency.

Reuters noted Tesla last month delayed the opening of its first European gigafactory, located in Gruenheide outside Berlin, to late 2021 from an initial 1 July date, because of lengthy approval processes and fresh plans to also establish a battery cell plant on site.

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