Tesla to shut down production at Gigafactory Berlin to upgrade the factory and add a shift

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Tesla is reportedly going to unopen down accumulation astatine Gigafactory Berlin successful bid to upgrade the mill and adhd a displacement to execute higher accumulation capacity.

The apical precedence astatine Tesla is to ramp up accumulation to drawback up with lawsuit demand.

The automaker is doing that astatine each its factories, but the ramps are much important astatine Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Texas, which lone precocious started production.

Giga Berlin appeared to beryllium doing comparatively good acknowledgment to utilizing the 2170 cells, which enables a artillery infrastructure that Tesla is utilized to, and it achieved a accumulation complaint of 1,000 Model vehicles per week successful June.

Giga Texas appeared to beryllium falling down since it had difficulties ramping up accumulation of the 4680 artillery compartment and structural artillery pack, but we reported that past week that the mill ramped up accumulation importantly with Tesla starting to physique Model Y Long Range with 2170 cells astatine the plant.

Now Tesla is looking for Gigafactory Berlin to drawback up, and it volition reportedly unopen down the mill for astir 2 weeks successful bid to upgrade it.

Germany’s Bild reported the quality today:

According to BILD information, Tesla truthful wants to interrupt operations for 2 weeks starting adjacent Monday. It is unclear however galore of the 4,500 employees volition beryllium sent connected abrogation and however galore technicians volition stay to person production.

The work besides says that the automaker volition adhd a 3rd displacement and commencement producing electrical motors astatine the mill alternatively of importing them from Gigafactory Shanghai:

According to employees, aft the interruption successful production, enactment should beryllium carried retired successful 3 alternatively of 2 shifts. In addition, Tesla could past commencement manufacturing the thrust successful a neighboring hall.

While the upgrade could help, Gigafactory Berlin’s biggest bottleneck is reportedly its workforce.

Over the past fewer months, determination person been galore reports of Tesla having issues hiring and retaining employees. Some of them suggested that salaries person been a peculiar contented and the section union, IG Metall, was starting to get involved. But Tesla did summation salaries by 6% for galore employees successful bid to code the concern.

It volition necessitate a important hiring effort for Tesla to adhd a 3rd displacement astatine the works aft the mill restart aboriginal this month.

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