German authorities said Thursday that seven World War II-era American bombs were found at a Tesla plant on the outskirts of Berlin. Tesla wants to build its first European plant in Germany. A spokesman for the interior minister of brandenburg, where the property is located, said each dud weighed about 50 kilograms and blasting experts planned to rule it out in the future.
Tesla has agreed to buy land in Gruenheide, just outside Berlin, and wants to build a large factory there to brand its cars “Made in Germany”.
Tesla’s German rivals are preparing to launch their respective electric vehicle series to compete with the US company.
Unexploded duds are often found in and around German cities, and authorities evacuate residents near the city to ensure their safety, while blasting experts rule them out.
A 500-kilogram World War II bomb was found in the western German city of Cologne this week, and a similar dud was found near a main square in Berlin.
Tesla has agreed to pay 40.91 million euros for the plant’s 300-hectare site.