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Tesla’s Factory in Berlin Runs Into Activists, Red Tape and Lizards

Jul 22, 2021 - The New York Times

Elon Musk wanted to tap German engineering expertise, but may have gotten more local culture than he had bargained for.

GRÜNHEIDE, Germany — The vast pale gray factory with its own exit on the autobahn, surrounded by a pine forest east of Berlin, was supposed to be producing shiny new Teslas by now. Instead it has become a manifestation of what happens when Silicon Valley ambition collides with German procedure.

The $7 billion factory, which will supply the fast-growing European m...