American electric vehicle maker Tesla has received approval from German courts to continue land preparations for a ‘gigafactory’ near Berlin – however the future of the plant is still not confirmed.
The German court stated its ruling was final.
The injunction – filed by environmentalists Green League – cited ecological concerns of deforestation and jeopardised water supply in the region surrounding the 300 hectare site in Brandenburg state.
Approximately 91 hectares of forest had been cleared when the injunction was filed.
Germany’s pro-business Christian Democrat and Free Democrat parties said resistance to Tesla’s gigafactory could damage Germany’s image as a global business leader.
However, the approval is to continue 'site preparations' in the area. Tesla has not yet received approval for the plant's construction.
If built, the gigafactory would be marque’s first in Europe, with plants already constructed in the United States and China.
Tesla uses its gigafactory sites for production of both vehicles and batteries, and its Berlin plant's quick development has been considered crucial for the brand's success in Europe.