US electric car manufacturer Tesla has received approval to remove more trees from its Gigafactory construction site in Grunheide, near Berlin.
Construction vehicles could be seen in action on the site on Tuesday following the decision by the State Office for the Environment in Brandenburg, to approve the clearing of further forest areas on the property.
The state environmental authority allowed 82.8 hectares of land to be cleared from the pine forest to prepare for pipeline and storage systems to be installed.
The scope of the area that the US automaker would be allowed to remove trees from was previously reduced several times due to environmental concerns. Located just 35 kilometres (20 miles) south-east of central Berlin, the Gigafactory Berlin is set to produce batteries, cells, and with both the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y set to be assembled on state.
The budget for the factory is believed to be approximately €4 billion ($4.7 billion). The stated aim of the facility is to produce roughly 500,000 vehicles per year, approximately the same as Tesla’s total target for 2020 car production. Manufacturing is scheduled to begin in July 2021 at the site.