Tesla’s Giga Berlin to Undergo Process Optimization: Report

Tesla will temporarily halt production at Giga Berlin in Germany for five days in June. The company informed its workforce on Friday that it would implement “short pit stops in June over five days to optimize processes in the factory and prepare for future challenges,” according to Handelsblatt.

Specifically, no vehicle manufacturing or powertrain production will take place on June 7, 14, 17, 27, and 28. Production will end the day before each break, with the late shift concluding at 10 PM. Areas such as Casting, Plasma, and Cell will not be affected by the production-free days.

The Grünheide facility has experienced intermittent shutdowns in recent months. In early March, arsonists set fire to a power mast supplying electricity to the Tesla plant, causing several days of operational disruptions. In early May, Tesla paused production for four days, citing the need for process optimization. During this period, the company also sent its remaining staff to work from home, attributing the decision to protests against the planned expansion of the factory.

Despite these protests, the Grünheide local council approved the development plan in mid-May to expand the site with a freight station and logistics areas. Tesla aims to double the plant’s production capacity to one million cars per year.

Thousands of unsold new vehicles produced at Grünheide are being stored at a former military airport in Neuhardenberg, about an hour’s drive from the factory.