Tesla withdraws the request for public funds for the battery plant in Germany


Tesla has withdrawn its application to access public funds for the battery factory it will build; in Berlin. As we know, not with a few problems, the American manufacturer is completing the construction of its Gigafactory in Germany. In this site I will realize; also a line for the production of its new 4680 cells.

In January, the European Commission approved an important project of common European interest (IPCEI) which set itself the goal of supporting research and innovation in the battery value chain. The project, called 'European Battery Innovation', was part of the 'European Battery Alliance' initiative. Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden could have granted state aid of up to 2.9 billion euros to encourage the development of the sector of batteries.

In this project was also Tesla who had applied for his Gigafactory in Germany. According to Automotive News Europe, it was expected that the company & agrave; American would receive a loan of approximately 1.14 billion euros for its battery plant. The final decision on the total figure would be made, however, by the end of the year.

Elon Musk's company has, however, withdrew its application for access to the funds. This decision, however, will not change. the builder's plans. The factory for the batteries will be done & agrave; equally, complete with a recycling site.

Tesla landed to his plans for the battery and recycling factory in Gigafactory Berlin.

The company & agrave; however, he did not want to explain the reason for this decision. Elon Musk & egrave; however he intervened on the subject through Twitter explaining that Tesla & egrave; has always been of the opinion that all state subsidies should be eliminated.

Tesla & egrave; has always been of the opinion that all subsidies should be eliminated, but this must include the massive subsidies for oil and gas. For some reason, governments don't want to do it …

The real reason, however, could be another as evidenced by the Financial Times which has found a clause of the program which, in fact, would prevent the American brand from being able to benefit from the funding. Companies cannot benefit from the funds if they already have; implemented the same battery production in another factory. In Tesla's case it means that the batteries can't already; be produced within its other factory.

The company & agrave; already manufactures its cells in a pilot plant in Fremont, California and, above all, is building new production lines at the Gigafactories in Texas and Shanghai. The delay in the start-up of the German factory may have played a major role in this affair. Considering that Tesla has used a lot of public funds in the past, & egrave; possible that this is the best explanation; likely.

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