Tesla’s Giga Berlin Factory Achieves 5,000 Cars per Week Milestone [Update]

Tesla’s Gigafactory in Berlin, Germany, has recently hit a major milestone by producing 5,000 cars per week, according to a tweet liked by CEO Elon Musk.

Update: Tesla has confirmed the 5,000 per week number on Saturday.

The tweet, posted by @Alex_avoigt, claimed that two independent sources confirmed the news. This accomplishment marks a significant step in Tesla’s plans to ramp up production of its Model Y compact crossover.

While Tesla has yet to officially announce the milestone, Musk ‘liking’ the tweet is essentially an endorsement of the fact. The original tweet sharing the 5,000 number by @Paulina37318009 has since been deleted, likely because the information was not supposed to be announced publicly.

The Tesla Europe Twitter account had previously celebrated the 4,000 cars per week milestone, sharing a photo of the factory floor with employees surrounding three Model Y vehicles. Elon Musk praised the team for their “great work” at the time.

Giga Berlin’s Model Y production has followed a steady trajectory since its inception. The first Model Y was delivered on March 22, 2022, and production reached 1,000 cars per week by June 18, 2022. By December 18, 2022, Giga Berlin was producing 3,000 cars per week, and this number increased to 4,000 by February 26, 2023.

Now, with the recent achievement of 5,000 cars per week, Giga Berlin has made significant progress in less than a year.

Here’s a quick timeline of Giga Berlin’s ramp-up of the Model Y so far:

  • March 22, 2022: First Model Y delivered
  • June 18, 2022: 1,000 cars in a week
  • October 1, 2022: 2,000 cars in a week
  • December 18, 2022: 3,000 cars in a week
  • February 26, 2023: 4,000 cars in a week
  • March 25, 2023: 5,000 cars in a week (not officially announced yet)

The new weekly production rate of 5,000 Model Y vehicles translates roughly to an annual run rate of over 250,000 cars, which comes after the one-year anniversary of the Gigafactory. This milestone brings Giga Berlin closer to achieving volume production and further expands Tesla’s manufacturing capacity. Giga Berlin’s maximum capacity is 500,000 cars per year, or about 10,000 per week.

Tesla saw production and deliveries for 2022, with 1,369,611 and 1,313,851 million vehicles, respectively. Annual production saw a 47% increase year-over-year, while deliveries grew by 40%, as detailed in the company’s Q4 earnings report.

In response to the milestone, CEO Elon Musk said “big congratulations to the Tesla Germany team!!”.