Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory to boost Model Y production in three shifts

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After pausing some Berlin-built Model Y deliveries, Tesla is set to increase production significantly through three-shift production from July 4. The weekly production of Model Y had reached 1,000 last week at the Berlin Gigafactory.

Tesla’s super factory in Glenhead, Brandenburg, a suburb of Berlin, will have more employees on the production line – meaning that the EV maker will need more employees. Through this, Tesla will accelerate regional development and the much-needed shift to electric mobility. Clean mobility advocates applauded Tesla’s plans; they described it as a huge gain for the mobility transition.

Moreover, the Berlin plant is Tesla’s first major production facility in Europe. But it’s the fourth Gigafactory as three similar plants have been established in Shanghai, Nevada, and New York. However, official Tesla communication states that the Berlin-Brandenburg Gigafactory is the most advanced high-volume electric vehicle production plant in the world. This factory is set to employ 12,000 people who will produce up to 500,000 cars per year for the European market. Tesla is said to have invested 5 billion euros into its ambitious project.

Tesla, earlier this month, said it produced 1,000 Model Y vehicles in a week at the Gigafactory Berlin for the first time, which became an important milestone for the Elon Musk-led company. But it suffered a setback as many Model Y buyers reported delayed deliveries. Problems were highlighted in the Performance version of the Model Y. Some buyers said the problem was with the drive units – electric motors. The electric vehicle manufacturer got its drive units from the Shanghai Gigafactory.

In 2020, Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor, and Energy Jorg Steinbach had said that Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin would allow up to 40,000 workers to work in three shifts. He told a German newspaper that skilled workers may need to be specifically funneled into the factory to meet its demand.

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