Tesla stated that 1,000 Model Y vehicles were produced in a week at the Gigafactory Berlin. On the factory floor, a huge group of employees took a photo, some holding a “1000” banner, to celebrate the milestone.
The world’s richest person and Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, said strong demand for Tesla products has created a backlog of unfulfilled orders. “The lead time for ordering a Tesla is ridiculously long…our problem is not demand, it is production.”
Tesla is presently scaling up production at two big new factories, the Gigafactory Berlin and the Gigafactory Texas, despite a massive worldwide supply chain issue.
Tesla planned to reach a production rate of 1,000 units per week by the end of April after starting production in March at Gigafactory Berlin, but apparently, it had difficulties generating more than 350 units around that time. The paint shop was the main bottleneck.
If the facility can keep up this pace in the future, Gigafactory Berlin will have added over 50,000 cars to Tesla’s annual production capability.
The facility is said to be doing much better than Giga Texas factory which is limited to producing 4680 cells and structural battery packs.
The Gigafactory Berlin is still making Model Ys with 2170 cells, which are more commonly available, and it aims to switch to 4680 cells once production has ramped up.