In the past few years, Tesla has been growing vehicle production at a breakneck speed. For example, in 2022 Tesla was able to produce 1.37 million vehicles which is a 47% growth from 2021 when Tesla delivered 936,000 vehicles.
Tela’s 2022 achievement is on its own impressive however, things start to look even more incredible if we go back and compare Tesla’s 2022 production with that of 2018.
For all of 2018, Tesla was able to produce 245,000 cars, and when we compare that to 2022 1.38 million vehicle production, then that means Tesla has managed to grow vehicle production by 6 times in only the past 4 years.
And even more impressively, Tesla was able to achieve this growth in the midst of a global parts shortage that has forced some legacy automakers to cut production by as much as 50%.
This is all well and good, however, Tesla is just getting started. Per the company’s official statement, Tesla plans to grow vehicle production annually by 50% until it reaches a production rate of 20 million vehicles a year by 2030.
To achieve this goal, Tesla is currently ramping up vehicle production at 2 new factories on two continents. In addition, Tesla is increasing production capacity at 2 of its existing plants in Shanghai and Fremont, California.
Of Tesla’s ambitious expansion plans, the first new factory to begin vehicle production was the EV maker’s new gigafactory in Grunhiede Germany. Following several delays caused by bureaucratic red tape and global parts shortage, Tesla started production at Giga Berlin in March 2022.
Tesla initially started production at Giga Berlin with the performance Model Y, however, later on, the EV maker added Long Range Model Y production and 2 brand new colors.
And throughout the year Tesla has been working hard to increase the plant's output with the EV maker reporting, at the end of 2022, that Giga Berlin has reached a production rate of 3000 vehicles a week. When extrapolated out, that is a production rate of 150,000 vehicles a year.
This is incredible execution on Telsa’s part, however, according to a report by Reuters, Brandenburg Economic Ministery Joerg Steinbach believes Tesla needs to accelerate vehicle production even more in order to meet demand and decrease customer wait times.
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Steinbach made those comments at a podium discussion organized by the German union IG Metall and added that “the electric vehicle maker was recruiting 200 to 300 people a week even as other companies in the region struggled to find talent.
Steinbach also revealed that employee numbers at Giga Berlin have now reached 9000 only 9 months since the start of production.
This is incredible growth on Tesla’s part and if Giga Berlin continues at this rapid expansion it won’t be long until Tesla’s Germany factory becomes the largest vehicle production plant in Europe.
Although impressive, it's currently impossible to definitively say by what time Giga Berlin will reach what sorts of production rates. However, we will be sure to keep you posted as Tesla expands the plant.
Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited to learn that Tesla has already hired 9000 employees at Giga Berlin? Also, what do you think this means for the plant's growth going forward? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.