Outgoing German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told reporters in Berlin on Monday that Tesla did not want to wait for European authorities to make a decision on state support for its proposed battery facility before moving forward with construction.

Tesla would have been entitled to state aid of up to 40% of its investment as a foreign company under a European Union scheme that favors domestic production.

The US corporation could have received up to 1.1 billion euros ($1.24 billion) under the program.Tesla's Germany sales overtake BMW, Audi and Mercedes combined in September

Tesla voluntarily chose in late November to start building on a battery facility at its Gruenheide location outside Berlin without governmental aid, and withdrew the associated application, owing to increasing demand for battery cells.

Tesla is constructing its first European electric car manufacturing as well as a battery plant in Brandenburg, Germany.

Authorities have yet to grant final permit approval for the location, which is expected by the end of the year.