a new record to allow the Model Y to become the best-selling car in the world

Tesla has just announced that it is producing 3,000 Model Ys per week at its Gigafactory in Berlin. An impressive number, but still below the company’s ambitions. It wanted to reach 5,000 vehicles produced per week at each of its plants to make the Model Y the best-selling car in the world.

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin

Will Tesla break a new record? At least that’s gone for. The brand is indeed very successful thanks to its Model 3, but especially its Model Y, cheaper and which regularly ranks at the top of the ranking of the best-selling electric cars on the market. Last September, the SUV even became the best-selling new car in Europe, all engines combined.

Also remember that Tesla hopes its Model Y will be the best-selling car in the world by 2023, all engines combined. Which would mean overtaking the Toyota Corolla, sold over a million copies in 2021. A true success story for the company, which was on the verge of bankruptcy at the end of 2008. An investor then rescued the brand on the evening of December 24 at 6 p.m..

A high cadence

These difficulties now seem to be ancient history for Tesla, which today would be on track to break a new record. In fact, the company, now based in Austin, Texas, should surpass one million shipments by the end of the year worldwide. We are very far from that 16,000 cars produced throughout 2016.

And to reach this incredible number, the American manufacturer relies mainly on its factories. Today, this four, in Fremont and Austin but also in Shanghai and Berlin. Enough to guarantee an intense production speed and significantly reduce the delivery time. The Chinese assembly plant is actually capable of producing 750,000 cars each year, or about 14,000 per week.

Tesla’s production figures per 31 September 2022

What to guarantee fast deliveries, even maybe a little too long cars struggle to find customers. So much so that Elon Musk finds himself with too many Model 3s and Model Ys on his hands, despite lower prices and the return of the sponsorship program in China. But that does not deter the brand, which continues to operate its factories at full speed.

As the page reminds ElectrekTesla’s goal is to produce at least 5,000 cars per week each in its own Gigafactory. A very ambitious goal, while the brand, like all manufacturers, is penalized by a shortage of semiconductors, which slows down production. But that doesn’t seem to be stopping the automaker from getting closer to that goal.

A new record

In fact, and as the latter further announces Twitterthe Berlin factory managed to produce 3,000 Model Y in just one week. A record for the production site, which could therefore assemble at least 150,000 cars per year if this rate were maintained. As a reminder, the German Gigafactory currently only manufactures the electric SUV. Once the speed of 5,000 copies per week is reached, other models can come on the assembly lines.

Finally, and as the site explains Car newsTesla would like to expand this page to produce one million cars a year. In total, more than 2.5 million vehicles can be produced each year worldwide when the German factory is at full capacity. As a reminder, BYD, the world’s number 2 in electric cars behind Tesla, produces about 300,000 electric cars a quarter, compared to 150,000 for number three, Germany’s Volkswagen Group.

Congratulations to the Giga Berlin team for building the 3k Model Y this week! pic.twitter.com/uUTOTRrasX

—Tesla (@Tesla) 18 December 2022

But that’s not all, because Elon Musk’s brand also plans to produce batteries in Berlin next year. If this was planned for 2022, the manufacturer will indeed encounter difficulties in industrializing its 4680 batteries on a large scale. Very promising, thanks to increased density and simpler and cheaper manufacturing, these are currently only produced in a small number of one pilot line in the Fremont plant. The American manufacturer is also trying to produce them in volume at the factory in Texas.

Today, only certain Model Ys produced in the United States are equipped with it, but that may soon change. These revolutionary cells should be especially present on the brand’s future available sedan, known as the Model 2, but which will undoubtedly have a different name. No indication of its launch date and production location has been given at the moment, while Tesla remains rather tight-lipped on the matter.

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