Tesla says it produced 4,000 Model Ys at its Berlin Gigafactory last week. A new record for the manufacturer, which is gradually approaching its goal. Conversely, the firm will however slow down on the production of batteries made in Europe.
This is a new record for Tesla! The firm, which achieved an incredible performance in 2022 by delivering more than a million electric cars around the world, has just achieved another top performance. On Twitterthe European division of the Texas-based firm has just announced another good news concerning its German factory located near Berlin.
A great performance
The automaker officially confirms that no fewer than 4,000 Model Ys rolled off the production line in the past week. A new record for the German Gigafactory. Tesla was pleased last December to have been able to produce 3,000 electric SUVs in one week at its assembly site.
Enough to allow the Model Y to get closer to the title of the best-selling car in the world, when it was already the most registered in Europe last November, followed by the Model 3 and other Fiat 500s. In total, and like the specifies the Teslarati site, the Berlin factory is now able to produce no less than 208,000 Tesla Model Ys per year.
4k Model Y built at Giga Berlin this week 🤘
Congrats to the Tesla team! pic.twitter.com/VJ0qBPkQ6U
— Tesla Europe (@tesla_europe) February 27, 2023
Because for the time being, only the electric SUV is assembled in Europe, and this in several of its versions, but not the Propulsion which is currently the cheapest of the brand. Especially since the big price drop made by the manufacturer last January. Thus, the Model Y could become the only car of the brand to be eligible for the ecological bonus if the government decides to reserve it for vehicles assembled on the Old Continent.
As a reminder, Tesla aims to produce at least 5,000 Model Ys per week at its German site, i.e. 260,000 cars per year. This site has the particularity of being equipped with the brand’s most advanced paint booth, making it possible to offer Quicksilver and Cherry Red colors only to European customers.
Idle battery production
You should also know that the Gigafactory in Berlin would also be ready to produce batteries, which are currently manufactured in Asia and then imported into Europe. If the American firm had experienced some difficulties at the end of last year to start production of its famous and very promising 4680 cells, because notably offering increased autonomythese concerns now seem to be resolved.
A few days ago, the Minister for Economic Affairs Jörg Steinbach even affirmed that the German factory was already producing battery components in small quantities, not complete packs. For the time being, only Model Ys assembled in the Austin plant are equipped with these new batteries, although this could change shortly, for the benefit of customers. These are cheaper to produce and could allow the brand to cut prices even further. It could also choose to increase its profits like Ford.
Photo of the Berlin Gigafactory // Source : Tesla
However, we will have to take our troubles patiently. Indeed, a Tesla spokesperson relayed by the American agency Reuters that the brand will finally concentrate the production of its batteries in the United States to the detriment of Europe. In question, the American law known as the Inflation Reduction Act, which aims in particular to promote cleaner energies. Thus, electric cars are now eligible for a tax credit of 7,500 eurosprovided they are produced in the United States, as are their batteries.
Tesla is likely to announce additional details tomorrow, when l’Investor Day, during which Elon Musk will announce his plans for the next few years. He could also take the opportunity to unveil his future Model 2, recently seen in a mysterious video showing illustrations representing sketches of the electric compact. Unless the boss of Tesla is content to unveil the restyled Teslas Model 3 (Highland).
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