Tesla’s upcoming battery factory in Berlin has received a strong voice of support from German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU). In a statement on Friday, Altmaier noted that his ministry is “prepared to support this investment on the part of the state, as we do with other companies that invest in this area.”
Altmaier spoke of a “very important” investment in his comments. While the groundbreaking for Tesla’s battery factory in the Giga Berlin complex is yet to happen, the minister stated that such projects would bring research and development to the area. “This is part of our success story because it also brings research and development to Germany in this important area,” he said.
With this in mind, the minister remarked that he expects Tesla’s upcoming battery factory to encounter as few bureaucratic roadblocks as possible, which would, in turn, result in fewer potential delays. Altmaier did note that despite his expectations for Tesla’s battery factory, the project must adhere to “deadlines envisaged and set by law.”
Altmaier’s ministry is responsible for funding large-scale projects on battery cell innovations, which are implemented as “Important Projects of Common European Interest” (IPCEI). Overall, 46 companies and research firms from 12 EU states have been involved in the second IPCEI major project, whose funding was approved in late January. Eleven projects were earmarked for Germany under the second IPCEI, one of which was Tesla’s battery cell factory in Giga Berlin.