Court orders Tesla to stop chopping down trees to build its German Gigafactory in victory for green campaigners | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Court orders Tesla to stop chopping down trees to build its German Gigafactory in victory for green campaigners

A German court on Sunday ordered Tesla Inc to stop clearing forest land near the capital Berlin to build its first European car and battery factory in a victory for local environmental activists.

The US electric carmaker announced plans last November to build a Gigafactory in Gruenheide in the eastern state of Brandenburg.

The court ruling, by the higher administrative court of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg, comes after the state environmental office gave a green light to clear 92 hectares of forest for the plant.

Planning permission has not yet been granted to build the Gigafactory, however, meaning US entrepreneur Elon Musk's company is preparing the ground at its own risk.

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