Denounced by the European Union as a protectionist measure, the aid for the purchase of an electric vehicle adopted last August by the American Senate has just claimed its first victim: Germany. As a reminder, the granting of this $7,500 tax credit by an American buyer of an electric vehicle is conditional on the latter being assembled on American soil. This requirement also applies to the batteries that equip it. A legal framework that penalizes foreign manufacturers, especially European ones, but also American manufacturers with factories located outside the United States.
It is in this context that Tesla, reports The Wall Street Journal, has decided to put on hold its project to expand its factory in Grünheide, near Berlin, to deploy its European battery production center there. A time of reflection that the group of Elon Musk wishes to take advantage of to analyze the impacts of this new American regulation on its business model. According to The Wall Street Journal, to ensure that its American customers benefit from the purchase aids, Tesla would examine the possibility of producing its batteries directly in the United States. To reinforce this hypothesis, the newspaper recalls that the manufacturer has just filed with the Texas administration a request for authorization to set up a lithium extraction plant there, the main element used in the manufacture of the batteries used by the electric vehicles.
Today, the Berlin plant employs 3,000 people and produces the brand’s “model Y” vehicles. Its extension, dedicated to the production of batteries, should allow the hiring of 2,000 additional people, if, of course, Testa decides to reverse its decision and go to the end of its German project.
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