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Tesla Gets Go-Ahead to Resume Clearing Forest in Germany

  • Berlin court overturns injunction that halted work on plant
  • Ruling averts threat of months of delays for factory project
Pine trees cleared during groundwork for Tesla Inc.’s Gruenheide factory, on Feb. 17.

Pine trees cleared during groundwork for Tesla Inc.’s Gruenheide factory, on Feb. 17.

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Tesla Inc. has overcome a legal roadblock standing in the way of Elon Musk’s plan to build an electric-car factory in Germany.

A Berlin-Brandenburg court on Thursday ruled that Tesla can resume cutting down trees at a forest site in the small town of Gruenheide to make way for its first assembly plant in Europe. That puts the U.S. carmaker on track to start construction before the start of a crucial breeding period for local wildlife in March.