Production in Grünheide still behind schedule – ramp-up expected in July

Production at the German Tesla plant in Grünheide is apparently still running at a low level. According to a media report, only 86 Model Y Performances roll off the assembly line each day.

When Teslamag also reports, citing “two well-informed sources”, that the work at the individual stations takes about twice as long instead of 90 seconds. In addition, the e-cars would have to be intensively revised afterwards.

Most recently, it was announced in mid-April that around 30,000 vehicles are to be built in Gigafactory 4 by the end of this year. By the end of April, production should even be increased to 1,000 Model Y per week, as reported automobile week with reference to company circles. With currently 86 Model Y services per day, Tesla is far from the goal.

Teslamag cites quality problems as one reason. Manufactured vehicles do not end up at the collection point immediately, but first have to be parked in a separate area and reworked. Secondly, personnel problems are mentioned. At the moment there simply isn’t enough staff to start up a second line. But delivery problems caused by the lockdown in Shanghai are also slowing down production in the German gigafactory. At the moment there would be a lack of batteries because there are no deliveries from China. The drives also come from Shanghai. But improvement seems to be in sight here: local production of drives is scheduled to start in June. A significantly higher speed is planned from the second half of July.

However, Tesla is known for facilitating exponential growth quickly. In the Giga Berlin, as the Gigafactory in Grünheide is also called, this could be the case from the end of July. For major changes, German production is to be interrupted for two weeks, making rework on the produced Model Y obsolete. Samples that can no longer be produced should be able to be removed from the ongoing process.

In the run-up to the start of production in March, other media reported that production in Grünheide would remain far below the capacity of 500,000 vehicles in the first expansion stage this year. If Tesla creates a faster production flow, finds enough employees and also introduces a second shift, the significant increase in the production rate should succeed.

There is also news about production in China: At the Shanghai plant, Tesla has postponed its plan to increase production to 2,600 cars per day from May 16 by a week to May 23, they say Reuters. This is to be done by expanding production to more shifts.

Tesla has also put its plans to sell electric cars in India on hold, abandoned showroom searches and reassigned part of its team in India after failing to secure lower import taxes, three people familiar with the matter said Reuters.

teslamag.de (Grünheide), reuters.com (Shanghai), reuters.com (India)

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