Thursday, August 12, 2021
Musk surprisingly in Brandenburg
Elon Musk interrupts his family vacation in Tuscany for a flying visit to Brandenburg. In the evening he speaks with the country’s Minister of Economic Affairs. On Friday he could also meet Armin Laschet at the Tesla construction site in Grünheide.
Tesla boss Elon Musk is back in Berlin. His plane had landed at Berlin / Brandenburg Airport, the reported Twitter account “Elon Musk’s Jet” on Wednesday evening. The Bloomberg news agency reported about it first. Brandenburg’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Jörg Steinbach, later announced on Twitter that he had had a “very relaxed evening meeting” with Musk and Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke. “We confidently exchanged information about the upcoming tasks. Thank you for visiting the whole family, Elon!”
Musk has already visited the production plant under construction in Grünheide several times, held job interviews and stayed there. In the meantime, Grünheide will no longer just manufacture electric cars, but also manufacture batteries. However, there is still no final building permit. It is therefore questionable whether the factory, whose most important areas have been raised and where tests are already running, can start up as planned at the end of the year. Especially since objections to the construction can still be submitted.
Union chancellor candidate Armin Laschet wants to visit Tesla on Friday. A meeting with executives and employees in Grünheide is planned as part of an election campaign. In the latest election polls, Laschet’s popularity ratings have recently fallen significantly. Whether Laschet will also meet Musk is unclear, according to “Bloomberg” the CDU has at least nothing of the kind planned. But it wouldn’t be surprising if Musk were interested in meeting Merkel’s potential successor. In April, Tesla had in one Brandbrief faster approval processes for energy transition projects in Germany required.
Musk is currently in Tuscany with his family. On Tuesday they paid a visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, accompanied by the city’s mayor. The tour with the German museum director Eike Schmidt lasted about an hour and a half, said de Uffizi.