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Tesla Is Planning To Increase Giga Berlin Production To 10,000 Vehicles A Week With The Addition Of A 4th Shift

After adding a third shift at Giga Berlin and reaching a production rate of 5000 vehicles a week, Tesla is now reportedly looking to add a fourth shift. With the addition of the new shift, Tesla plans to grow vehicle production at the plant to 10,000 vehicles a week or 500,000 vehicles a year.

Tesla has been expanding its production capabilities by constructing new factories and by ramping up production at existing ones. The EV maker just yesterday announced that it has reached a weekly production rate of 4000 Model Y’s at Giga Texas. This translates to a production run rate of 200,000 vehicles a year.

And a week ago, after implementing a third production shift at the factory, Tesla also revealed that it has reached a production rate of 5000 Model Y’s a week at Giga Berlin. This gives the plant an annual production rate of 250,000 Model Y’s.

A production rate of 5000 vehicles a week is also noteworthy as this is the number, in a vehicle’s production ramp, that Tesla considers to have reached volume production.

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Although impressive to be able to ramp up two new factories on two continents in quick succession, not resting on its laurels, Tesla is now reportedly looking to add a fourth production shift at Giga Berlin in Germany.

The information comes via Jochem Freyer, who is the Managing Director of an employment agency in Frankfurt. And in an interview Freyer did with rbb24 said that Tesla has filled all of its openings for the third shift adding that now the company is considering a fourth shift.

With this move, Tesla hopes to double the plant’s annual production rate to 500,000 vehicles. The company has already fully ramped up its third shift which was instrumental in Giga Berlin reaching volume production and with the fourth shift Tesla plans to begin production on the weekends meaning Giga Berlin will be operational 24 hours, 7 days a week.

When the fourth shift is fully operational, it is expected to aid Tesla to get closer to Giga Berlin’s first-phase production capacity of 500,000 vehicles a year or 10,000 vehicles a week.

Currently, there is no timeline as to when Tesla plans to reach this 10,000 vehicles a week production rate, however, before Tesla is even done fully building out the first phase of Giga Berlin, the EV maker has already applied for a permit for the second phase expansion of the plant.

With the second phase expansion of Giga Berlin, Tesla plans to grow production at the plant to 1 million vehicles a year. And even though this will be a great milestone to reach and no doubt a great contributor to the local economy, these plans, however, have been met with opposition from environmental groups as it entails cutting down trees and building in a water protection area.

Currently, Tesla’s expansion plans for Giga Berlin are on display for public comment and there is no saying if the environmental permitting process will cause any delays, however, we will be sure to keep you posted as Tesla continues to expand its various production facilities.

Until then, make sure to visit our site regularly for the latest updates.

So what do you think? Excited to learn that Tesla is planning to add a fourth shift to Giga Berlin and grow production to 500,000 vehicles a year? Also, how long do you think it’ll take for the plant to reach a production rate of more than 1 million vehicles a year? 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.