Posted on Nov 2, 2020 at 2:54 PMUpdated Nov 2, 2020, 5:43 PM
Punished but discreetly. Tesla has been fined 12 million euros in Germany for failing to comply with national legislation on battery recycling. The news was noticed only by a reporter from the “Welt am Sonntag” at the turn of the third quarter report filed by the manufacturer with the US Commission of the operations of Exchange, the SEC.
“The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has imposed a fine of twelve million euros on our subsidiary in Germany,” Tesla said in its report. The sanction relates only to “administrative obligations” linked to the communication of the used battery take-back plan. “Although we could not predict the outcome of the proceedings, including the final amount of the fine, we appealed,” says the manufacturer. The procedure will have “no significant negative impact” on the activity assures Tesla. The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) does not comment on an ongoing case.
A 2017 battery law obliges manufacturers to offer their dealers a “reasonable and free opportunity to return” used batteries to the retail store or “in the immediate vicinity”. However, Tesla only offers a take-back in its certified service centers and body shops.
Flagship construction site in Berlin
The news takes its toll as Berlin celebrates every visit of Elon Musk as the arrival of the Messiah. And for good reason: Tesla is building at high speed a factory in Grünheide, near the German capital. The manufacturer is expected to produce 500,000 3 and Y models there per year from the summer of 2021.
Elon Musk also mentioned during the “Battery day” in September the possibility of producing batteries locally. Ultimately, the region hopes to create some 40,000 jobs when the plant is in full swing. A high range which supposes the expansion of an installation whose environmental impact is disputed by the residents of the site.