Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk says he hopes to start producing cars at its new factory outside Berlin in October
The U.S. company had originally planned to begin manufacturing its electric cars at the Gigafactory in Gruenheide, east of the German capital, in July.
But legal challenges and problems getting official permits have delayed the project.
“We’re looking forward to hopefully getting the approval to make the first cars, maybe in October if we’re fortunate,” Musk said during a visit to the site Friday.
Laschet suggested German laws should be changed to make it harder for people not directly affected by the factory’s construction to file legal complaints against it, German news agency dpa report.