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Area around Tesla's German plant without power after pylon fire

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Reuters
Reuters
March 04, 2024

BERLIN (Reuters) - An electricity pylon caught fire near Tesla's German plant on Tuesday, police said, knocking out power in the area.

Tesla was not immediately available to comment on a report in the BZ newspaper that the fire had forced the electric vehicle (EV) maker's Gruenheide factory to halt production.

Police said the fire brigade was working to put out the fire in a field in the area southeast of Germany's capital Berlin, adding that blaze had not spread to Tesla's plant itself.

A police spokesperson said they could not comment on the BZ report which said that the fire was started by environmental activists and that bomb disposal units were called in after emergency services found a sign saying "ordnance buried here".

Tesla's ambitions to expand its plant, which has a capacity of around 500,000 cars a year, hit a roadblock when local residents voted down a motion to fell trees to enlarge it.

The U.S. EV maker wants to double the site's capacity to 100 gigawatt hours of battery production and 1 million cars per year, setting it up to dominate the European market.

(Reporting by Nette Noestlinger, Rachel More, Christoph Steitz and Philipp Krach; writing by Matthias Williams; editing by Bartosz Dabrowski and Alexander Smith)

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