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Now lizards are delaying Tesla's German factory construction, report says

Tesla's German Gigafactory is already behind schedule as groups continue to petition the carmaker to preserve wildlife and natural resources.

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Another potential delay.

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Tesla would love to start building cars in Germany, but it may have to wait even longer to start as more wildlife concerns entered the picture this weekend, according to a report form the New York Times on Monday. Two environmental groups in Germany have asked a court to force Tesla to relocate populations of snakes and lizards. These reptiles are endangered and occupy the site where Tesla's currently constructing a new Gigafactory.

Tesla doesn't operate a public relations department to field requests for comment, but the German plant's had a rough go so far. The company previously dealt with removing WWII-era bombs and additional wildlife concerns. Specifically, Tesla needed to start construction of the site before local animals began mating season and needed to remove other local animals temporarily.

The Times reported that these groups had already notched victories against Tesla in the past. Previously, a court also decided the automaker could not cut down the number of trees it originally wanted to in order to build the new factory. According to the report, the site is already six months behind schedule.

This factory will be Tesla's fourth major factory and its first in Europe. When up and running, it will handle production of the Model Y locally, at a minimum. However, CEO Elon Musk also spoke of a new vehicle that may cater to Europeans' tastes better, perhaps a small electric hatchback.

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Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.

Article updated on July 26, 2021 at 9:53 AM PDT

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