Tesla Gigafactory Berlin has begun its planned factory upgrades, but the electric vehicle manufacturer appears to have a plan to keep its vehicle delivery teams busy for now. According to local reports from German media, Tesla is reportedly looking to sell some units from early Model Y production to customers.
Before Tesla received its final approval to start vehicle production at Giga Berlin, the company was allowed to produce its first batch of vehicles under a provisional permit. At first it was 250 vehicles, but with later permissions, Tesla was able to produce 2,000 more Model Ys at Gigafactory Berlin. It was initially reported that these vehicles were not available for purchase.
Recent documents retrieved by Markische Oderzeitung have revealed that Tesla has only thrown away about 100 of these pre-production Model Ys made at its Grünheide factory. The vast majority of early production vehicles would be used for internal purposes and “various testing purposes.” In the documents, Tesla also suggests that early Model Y production units with “good” quality “can be sold to end users.”
Tesla noted in its letter that based on factory testing, good quality early Model Y units could “continue to be used without major restrictions”. This suggests that the vehicles are ready for consumers and that their quality is comparable to the Model Ys produced at Giga Berlin after Tesla received its final approval to start vehicle production at the facility.
Tesla’s document retrieved by German media has been heavily redacted, so the details of what exactly happened to the company’s early production Model Y units could not be ascertained at the time of writing. However, Tesla may have a point with its claim that some of its early production Model Ys from Giga Berlin, especially those produced in the weeks leading up to the plan’s final approval, may indeed be good enough for consumers.
Gigafactory Berlin’s upgrades are expected to be completed around July 22, which should allow the facility to produce Model Ys at a faster pace. Tesla expects Gigafactory Berlin to be able to produce 500,000 vehicles per year, a remarkable target given the demand for the all-electric crossover in the region.
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