Tesla was hoping to begin production at Giga Berlin last year. Several delays, some of them the result of Tesla’s own doing, and a complicated and lengthy bureaucratic process means they are still waiting to receive final approvals.
There has been one positive to the delays however. The extra time have given Tesla the opportunity to fine-tune their production processes to ensure a smoother production ramp once they get the green light from local officials.
As we head into March, crews at Giga Berlin have already produced over 1,000 Model Ys, according to a photo of a VIN shared by an employee with Tesla enthusiast Sawyer Merritt.
This 1,000th vehicle off the line was a Model Y Performance with 21″ Uberturbine wheels finished in solid black paint, much like the hundreds of vehicles that have been spotted outside the factory in recent weeks.
This is also half the number of cars Tesla is currently allowed to build. On January 8 they were granted permission to build up to 2,000 test cars at Giga Berlin.
We still don’t know when customers will finally be able to get their hands on Model Ys made in Germany.
Tesla was hoping that would happen in March, but with each passing day, and a potential setback for the factory’s water supply, the chances of that happening are looking less positive with each passing day.