Tesla opened Giga Berlin to much fanfare on March 22, 2022, with CEO Elon Musk on hand to personally deliver the first 30 made-in-Germany Model Ys to customers.
Now almost two months to the day later and the factory has been able to ramp production enough to add a second shift.
According to a source familiar with the plans, the second shift at Giga Berlin starts today, Monday May 23. This gives Tesla 16 hours of production at the factory with the first shift running from 7:00am until 3:00pm, and the second shift taking over at 3:00pm and working until 11:00pm.
Along with increased production, Giga Berlin has also significantly increased the volume of white Model Ys it has been producing in recent weeks.
As we previously reported, the Giga Berlin Paint Shop started using white in its production runs on April 2, adding to the black paint it had been using since officially opening on March 22.
Another change Giga Berlin will soon introduce is adding the tow hitch to the Model Y. Earlier this month Tesla made the accessory part of the vehicle’s standard equipment in several European countries. Based on information received by Drive Tesla, deliveries with these factory-equipped tow hitches will start in the third quarter of the year.