the plant of Tesla in Germany it has become a true Trojan horse that is managing to erode the sales of European groups from within. A facility that had the goal of manufacturing 500,000 units a year. But now, the American manufacturer has filed an application with the German State Office for the Environment for the expansion of giga berlin.
With this request, Tesla wants to obtain the permits to carry out the necessary expansion of the production lines to double the current maximum objective, and thus reach the impressive figure of 1 million units per year.
The big challenge in this case will be to address the problems that have plagued the Grünheide facility during its construction phase. Mainly those related to the occupation of a natural space, and access to water.
In anticipation of protests from neighbors and environmental groups, Tesla has indicated that this expansion will not require additional water supply thanks to the treatment and reuse processes that have been launched in recent months.
With this expansion, Tesla will be able to see how the current production of 4,000 Model Y units per week, or about 200,000 units per year, will multiply in the coming months until it reaches a rate of about 20,000 units a week.
Something that will mean not only expanding facilities, but also growing a workforce currently made up of 10,000 workers, which during the first phase of expansion is expected to reach 12,000 employees.
Another important challenge for the American brand, which is finding it difficult to fill all the vacancies it has available. Tesla currently needs mechanical engineers, chemical engineers and electrical engineers for Giga Berlin, all with prior work experience. Due to the problems in finding qualified workers in the region, has started looking for them also in Polandsince the factory is not too far from the border with that country.
This results in a slower scaling of production than originally projected, which makes the goal of reaching one million units per year a highly complex challenge to achieve, and which seems at the moment rule out the possibility of manufacturing batterieswhich for now will continue to arrive from outside the facility.