Tesla recently released a video asking Giga Berlin employees, “What is it like to work at Giga Berlin?” to showcase the work culture in the factory. Interestingly, the employees expressed their delight with their current work at Tesla, which they claim to be an organization where motivated people can continuously grow.
Tesla Quality Engineer Lars Lengacker reiterated the Giga Berlin employees’ remarks in his LinkedIn post. He even showed off some commemorative shirts on top of his Quicksilver Model Y in a video.
As you can see in the video, most of the shirts indicate “1k,” “2k,” “3k,” and so on prints, which seems to mark some of the Giga Berlin’s production milestones. Interestingly, one shirt has a “6k” print, alluding to the fact that the German plant has already crossed the 6,000 Model Y weekly production threshold.
Tesla Quality Director Bob Foulkes seems to confirm the 6,000 Model Y week production rate speculation in his recent LinkedIn post, saying that the shirts in Lengacker’s post were actually “trophies” of the Giga Berlin team’s accomplishments.
“Your post is something that we all feel at Giga, something that pulses through us, a pride in what we’ve achieved. The hood of your new beautiful Quicksilver Model Y scattered with trophies of our achievements – 1K all the way to 6K and beyond…”
Bob Foulkes, Tesla Quality Director
Giga Berlin production pause
Tesla’s achievement of a 6,000 Model Y weekly production rate in Giga Berlin is indeed remarkable, considering the current issues it faces due to the ongoing Red Sea conflict.
The chaos led to supply chain issues, impeding the Musk-led company from sustaining its production ramp-up.
Previous reports even revealed that Tesla would temporarily halt the Model Y production at Giga Berlin from January 29 to February 11, 2024, due to the Red Sea-related issues.
“The armed conflicts in the Red Sea and the associated shifts in transport routes between Europe and Asia via the Cape of Good Hope are also having an impact on production in Gruenheide. The considerably longer transportation times are creating a gap in supply chains.”
Giga Berlin, also known as Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg, marked Tesla’s first-ever production site in Europe. It is also currently the company’s “most advanced, sustainable and efficient” factory to date. It is expected to produce “hundreds of thousands of Model Y vehicles and millions of battery cells” upon completion this year.