By BRIAN HORTONAssociated PressBy BRIBERHORNSTEINAPPLIEDDENVER, Colo.
(AP) A Colorado court ordered Tesla Motors Inc. to clean up its sprawling battery storage complex by next year and give up a lot of the valuable stuff.
The court issued a temporary restraining order Friday in response to the company’s pending legal battle over whether the company has the right to operate a $3 billion battery storage facility in the state.
Tesla’s lawyers say the judge is wrong to deny the company a permit for the battery storage operation.
Tesla has already installed about 4,400 miles of lithium-ion battery storage in California.
The battery storage project is expected to bring more than 300,000 electric vehicles and about 100,000 miles of highway miles of roads.
The judge ruled that the company cannot continue to use the battery facilities for commercial or industrial purposes until the court orders it to do so.
The order was issued in response a complaint filed by the National Wildlife Federation, which claims the company violated state law by building and operating a large battery storage plant near a protected species habitat.
Tesla says it will continue to build battery storage facilities for future road construction and other purposes.