Tesla's Giga Berlin Phase 1 will have a target production capacity of 10,000 Model Y per week, according to the upcoming facility's official website. With such a target, it appears that Giga Berlin may be Tesla's most ambitious facility yet when it starts its operations.
Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg stands as Tesla's next step in its efforts to establish a presence in the European market. The factory will actually be the second EV production-related facility in the region, considering that the company already operates a Model S and Model X assembly facility in Tilburg, Netherlands. Tesla also runs Tesla Grohmann Automation in Prum, Germany, which specializes in the company's production equipment.
Tesla notes that when Giga Berlin's Phase 1 goes online, the facility will be aiming to hit a production capacity of 10,000 units of the Model Y per week. This is expected to happen in 2021, provided that the facility could start construction this year. To accomplish this, Tesla aims to hire about 12,000 people, with jobs being filled by local residents and other employees from the greater European region. Currently, Tesla employs approximately 5,000 people in Europe.
Tesla's 10,000 per week production capacity target for the Model Y bodes well for the electric car maker's push for its all-electric crossover. Elon Musk has stated that the Model Y's demand will likely exceed that of the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 combined, so it's imperative for the company to make sure that its production facilities are ready to meet worldwide orders for the vehicle.
Crossovers are practically taking over the auto market, including the United States, Europe, and China. The Model Y is a crossover, which means that it can tap into a market that's far larger than the segment that its sibling, the Model 3, currently competes in. Interestingly, Tesla also appears to be planning on producing the Model Y for each of these territories using a dedicated facility.
Tesla's Fremont factory has a Model Y line, and according to the company's Q4 2019 Update Letter, the initial production of the vehicle is already starting. Giga Shanghai will also be producing the Model Y for the local Chinese market, which is among the largest in the world. The target Model Y output for the Fremont factory and Giga Shanghai has not been formally announced by Tesla as of yet. Still, if Giga Berlin's estimates are any indication, both the US and China-based plants will likely be making mass numbers of the crossover every week.
Tesla's official website for Giga Berlin highlights several other points apart from the Model Y's initial production targets. Seemingly as a response to the protests about the factory, Tesla emphasized that it is committed to improving the natural environment in the area, as evidenced by the fact that it is planting three times as many trees as it will cut down. Tesla also highlighted that it is hiring employees for the facility, specifically for its construction, engineering, manufacturing, and operations departments.
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