Started production last March, the Tesla Gigafactory in Berlin announces it assembled 1,000 Model Y in seven days amid a global supply chain crisis affecting all automakers. However, the symbolic mark of 1,000 weekly units is likely to have been exceeded by the end of April 2022.
However, acc electr, the Gigafactory in Berlin was struggling to produce more than 350 vehicles at that time. A problem that seems to have come from the paint shop, the main bottleneck, and … which, given the current context of component shortages, may not have been the last.
1k Model Y built at Giga Berlin this week. Thank you Tesla team! pic.twitter.com/jCT1qkzvpS
– Tesla (@Tesla) June 18, 2022
The German Gigafactory should fare much better than Texas’s, whose production will be slowed down due to the new 4680 cells set to equip the Model Y. In fact, the German-made Model Ys still come with 2170 cells for their battery packs. As soon as Berlin is in full swing, the Model Y will integrate the new 4680 cells.
If Berlin maintains this upper limit of 1,000 cars/week, almost 50,000 vehicles will be added to the annual production of the American manufacturer. This excess of Model Y would come to relief Gigafactory de Shanghaiwhich could concentrate the market in China and the surrounding regions.
Let’s remember the German daily newspaper in December 2019 picture wrote that the Berlin Gigafactory should “will initially produce 150,000 electric vehicles per year before reaching 500,000 per year, including the Model 3 and the future Model Y, the SUV based on the Model 3 platform“. The plant will also produce electric motors and batteries.
Price overheating all along the route
As fuel prices skyrocket in France and around the world, Tesla electric vehicle prices are following the trend.
In the United States, prices have skyrocketed across the range, with increases of up to $6000 for certain cars like the Model X Dual Motor Long Range or the Model S Dual Motor Long Range (+$5000).
The Model 3 Grande Autonomie and Model Y Grande Autonomie et Performance are the vehicles with the most “modest” increases, in the range of $2,500 to $3,000.
Note that the Model S Plaid remains at the same price of $135,990, as does the Model X Plaid at $138,990.
France is not spared
France is also affected by this umpteenth price increase for Tesla vehicles. The Model 3 (+ 2,500 euros) and the SUV Model Y based on it (2,000 to 3,000 euros) are particularly affected.
Today, the starting price for the Model 3 Propulsion is 53,490 euros compared to 50,990 euros not so long ago. The Model 3 Grande Autonomie costs €62,490 compared to €59,990 previously. The new price of the Model 3 Performance is €66,490 compared to €64,990.
The Tesla Model 3 has had to accept an increase of almost 9,700 euros since the beginning of the year. This means that the eco-bonus of €6,000 — reduced to €5000 on July 1st — is now only €2,000.
The Y Grande Autonomie model is displayed at €64,990 versus €62,990 previously, while the Performance version is offered at a barrel price of €69,990 versus €66,990.
Like our colleagues from L’Automobile magazineit will soon be cheaper to buy a BMW i4 eDrive40 340 hp, marketed from €59,950.
So, of course, Tesla isn’t the only one raising its prices. Renault did it for its Zoé (+ €900 Equilibre finish) as well as Dacia for its Spring (+ €500 Essential finish). Note that both the Zoé and the Spring keep the €6,000 bonus (27% of the purchase price).
Like other manufacturers, Tesla is bearing the brunt of the global crisis, which is causing rising commodity prices and logistics costs. Let’s not forget that Teslas come by boat from the United States and China. It is to be hoped that the Gigafactory will come to Berlin to bring a breath of fresh air to this site.
In addition, Tesla must reckon with possible cost increases that could arise if certain models ordered today via the configurator are not delivered for six or even 12 months.
Another hypothesis: Could it be that Tesla wants to improve its gross margins, which continued to increase in 2021 (+29%)? While commodities continue to rise and the opening of the Gigafactory in Berlin and Austin, Texas, is likely to weigh on the balance sheet, the simple solution would be to raise prices. A little gimmick that might put off some buyers who might struggle to keep up with this price increase.
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