Tesla’s Giga Berlin factory has achieved a new milestone by reaching a weekly production rate of 5,000 cars. The factory employees marked this achievement by celebrating the “volume production” on Saturday.
Located 30 kilometers southeast of Berlin city center, the Grünheide, Brandenburg facility required four months to increase its production from 1,000 to 2,000 cars. After that, the factory grew rapidly, going from 4,000 to 5,000 cars in just one month.
Following its first anniversary, Giga Berlin plans to enhance its production output to 10,000 cars per week by the end of this year. Jörg Steinbach, Brandenburg’s Economics Minister, reflects on the factory’s first anniversary, saying that the state has been fortunate to have been chosen as the location for Tesla’s factory.
It has been confirmed by 2 independent sources that ???????? Giga Berlin produced 5,000 vehicles per week last week and is now at a run rate of 250,000 p.a. – 50% of phase 1 capacity
— Alex (@alex_avoigt) March 25, 2023
He also acknowledged that there were some opposing voices when the factory was first established in March last year, but he remained optimistic that most of the population welcomed the presence of the electric vehicle manufacturer.
Previously, Tesla received pushback due to the amount of water it consumes in Grünheide, an area experiencing water scarcity. Nevertheless, Steinbach remains hopeful that solutions that do not negatively affect residents exist. He is also exploring the possibility of using treated water to address the region’s water scarcity.
Tesla has been able to significantly increase its German production since May. The factory can now produce over 200,000 vehicles per year and plans to expand its output to 500,000 cars a year. This will allow the company to allocate its production to other markets.
Assuming that Giga Berlin can maintain its monthly production growth of 1,000 cars, it will achieve a weekly production rate of 10,000 vehicles by August, resulting in an annual production rate of over 500,000 cars.
Giga Berlin hits 5k builds/week—1 year after delivering the first vehicles to customers pic.twitter.com/PZigSaSci5
— Tesla (@Tesla) March 25, 2023
Although Tesla currently has permission to manufacture up to 500,000 cars annually at the factory, the company has requested Germany’s environmental agency to raise this limit to 1 million vehicles per year. Tesla aims to receive approval for the increased production rate before reaching the 500,000 car limit in a few months.
Despite the planned expansion, the factory’s physical size will remain unchanged. The Berlin Giga factory is reportedly capable of producing up to two million vehicles annually when it reaches its maximum capacity. With such a production rate, the factory would be responsible for manufacturing more than two percent of the world’s total vehicle production.