After a short summer break for its update, the Tesla factory in Germany has returned to activity with two shifts and updated and optimized equipment. Something that, according to rumors, will allow the American brand to accelerate its pace again and achieve short-term objectives.
Since this past Monday, Tesla workers have returned to their posts again to carry out 1,500 Model Y units per week. Something before the increase in personnel for the end of this summer will allow us to move on to the next step.
One of the problems that were slowing down progress was found in the low production efficiency of the Giga press. A huge machine that produces the rear part of the structure from a single piece. But according to internal information, this process meant a waste of up to 60% of the materials used, which had to return to the foundry or be discarded.
Now, the update of the Giga Press has allowed, according to the same sources, to reduce the loss rate to only 10%. Something that will allow us to recover the rhythm of production again.
The next step is to start scaling production again, which during June stood at 1,000 units a week, which will increase to 1,500 in the coming weeks. An intermediate objective before a third shift is incorporated in October, which will take the lines to 3,000 weekly units.
Berlin Target: 5,000 units per week
If achieved, the goal set by Elon Musk himself would be paved, who at the time said that he wanted the Tesla factory in Germany to reach 5,000 Model Y units per week before the end of the year. A complex challenge due to the tensions in the supply chains means that each step forward has to be planned intensively to complete.
Something that would mean achieving a production rate of around 260,000 units/year, more than 50% of the installation’s maximum theoretical annual capacity (500,000 units), which it would reach less than a year after its official start-up.
A number that we can contextualize with the figures of the best-selling cars in Europe in 2021, where the most popular has been the Volkswagen Golf, with 205,408 units, followed by the Peugeot 208, with 196,869 units, and the Dacia Sandero, with 196,792 units.