The $5.5 billion Tesla Berlin Gigafactory is the second manufacturing unit the electric vehicle company has built outside the United States.
Tesla Berlin Gigafactory, which finally started production in March after a long delay, hit the milestone of manufacturing 1,000 Model Y electric cars in a week. Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to share the update, writing, “Congratulations to the Giga Berlin team for making over 1,000 cars in one week!” Tesla is aiming to hit an annual production rate of 50,000 electric vehicles, though that could be a start. deduction because the factory is expected to produce more than 50,000 units per year.
Tesla’s $5.5 billion Gigafactory in Berlin is the second manufacturing unit the electric vehicle company has built outside the United States. This Tesla factory currently manufactures only the Tesla Model Y Performance version which includes cylindrical type 2170 battery cells. According to a few reports, the factory produced around 8,865 Model Ys from March to May. This figure would represent half of the units produced by Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai when the Model 3 and Y EV launched.
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In a previous report, it was stated that Tesla hires 500-600 people every month for its German factory. The EV company is also reportedly working with the country’s state employment agency to recruit workers no longer needed at the German automakers’ plant. Tesla had already welcomed about 4,100 to 4,500 workers for the factory, of which about 10% are mainly from Poland.
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This gigantic Tesla factory has been operating in two shifts since May 23. The electric vehicle company has already planned a third shift which should start by the end of the year. The plant aims to meet not only the demands for electric vehicles in Germany, but also in the rest of Europe.
Date of first publication: June 20, 2022, 11:17 a.m. IST