BERLIN (Reuters) – German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Thursday he had no information about any changes to Tesla’s (Nasdaq) plans in Germany after a Wall Street Journal report that the electric car maker was suspending plans to produce battery cells in Germany. country.
This is because Tesla was looking to qualify for tax credits to manufacture electric cars and batteries in the United States, a Wall Street Journal report said on Wednesday.
Local German radio station RBB has reported that the US electronics car maker’s plans to expand its plant outside Berlin have been put on hold for the time being.
Asked if he had any indication that Tesla was suspending investments in Germany or more broadly any plans in Germany, Habeck replied: “No, I don’t.”
He said he was focused on the Ukraine issue, adding about Tesla, “So I didn’t really think about it. But as you may know and you might remember, Tesla said they didn’t want to get state help, so in a way this is a private business.”
“I don’t have any deeper information at the moment,” he added.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Wednesday.