FILE PHOTO: protesters, pro-Tesla,-poster during an action in support of the plans of the U.S. electric car pioneer Tesla is building its first European manufacturing plant and a design center in Gruenheide, in the vicinity of Berlin, Germany, on the 18th of January by the year 2020. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski
BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. electric car pioneer Tesla (TSLA.D) it was agreed to buy a house on the outskirts of Berlin, making it one step closer to opening its first European manufacturing plant, the local authorities said on Sunday.
The AMERICAN car maker, in November of last year, it announced plans to build a huge factory located in Gruenheide, in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, making it the much sought-after “Made in Germany” label, as are the local rivals to prepare for the launch of the competing models.
Its board of directors approved a purchase agreement with the state of Brandenburg, on Saturday, to be able to acquire a 300-acre, Brandenburg, spokesman for the government’s Information, in English, said in a statement. The statement of the parliament’s finance committee had already approved the sale on January 9th.
A Tesla spokeswoman confirmed the deal.
The agreement provides for a temporary home, the price of 40.91 million ($45.36 million), which can be changed if you are using an external review, that will give a different value, in English, he said.
The property is in a designated industrial area, and it will be checked for weapons during the second world War, and there are likely to be unexploded AMERICAN bombs still in the ground, he added.
Politicians, trade unions and business associations have welcomed his move, which is expected to create up to 7,000 jobs in the Brandenburg gate.
But there are approximately 250 local people took to the streets to protest on Saturday, for fear that the plant could pose a danger to the water supply and the wildlife in the surrounding forest.
Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Alexandra Hudson