Recent insights from Tesla Giga Berlin employees suggest that the facility may have achieved a notable production milestone of 6,000 Model Y crossovers per week. This information surfaced through a video posted by Tesla, showcasing Giga Berlin workers discussing the plant's work culture.
In the video, Tesla Quality Engineer Lars Lengacker shared sentiments about the company's growth opportunities, accompanied by footage of his Quicksilver Model Y adorned with commemorative shirts.
Notably, the shirts displayed production milestones, with markings such as “1k,” “2k,” “3k,” and notably, “6K.” This “6K” indication raised speculation that Giga Berlin had achieved a production rate of 6,000 Model Y vehicles per week. This assumption was seemingly confirmed in a related LinkedIn post by Tesla Director of Quality Bob Foulkes. Foulkes acknowledged the shirts in Lengacker's Model Y as “trophies” representing the Giga Berlin team's achievements, specifically reaching the milestone of 6,000 vehicles per week.
Expressing excitement for the future, Foulkes mentioned that Giga Berlin is just getting started in 2024, anticipating both challenges and successes. He praised the dedication of the Quality team, noting their contribution to delivering over 200,000 cars from Giga Berlin, highlighting the Model Y's historic achievement as the best-selling electric car globally.
Interestingly, Giga Berlin's Model Y production is currently on hold due to supply chain disruptions arising from conflicts in the Red Sea. The pause, scheduled from January 29 to February 11, 2024, is attributed to the impact of armed conflicts on transportation routes between Europe and Asia via the Cape of Good Hope, leading to delays in supply chains. Tesla acknowledged the challenges posed by these conflicts, emphasizing the considerable impact on transportation times.