Tesla’s plans for the country’s Superplant 4 became more specific after the German environment ministry’s audit process began on January 3. The company expects to start production of 150,000 Model Y and Model 3 models there in July 2021, following the completion of the first phase of the Super Plant 4. German media reported that Tesla had set a deadline of July 2021 for the company to start producing cars at its European plants by July 2021. Axel Vogel, Germany’s environment minister, is also confident that Tesla will do so, saying: “Everything will go according to plan.” “
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Tesla plans to begin construction of Super Plant 4 in the first half of 2020. After the plant’s initial production, the company plans to produce about 3,000 Model Y crossovers and Model 3 sedans a week, before boosting its capacity to 500,000 a year.
That’s more than the initial capacity of other Tesla plants around the world, including the Shanghai-based Superplant 3, which has already started mass production of the Model 3, which currently has a capacity of about 1,000 vehicles a week. Such a high capacity target means that Tesla’s European plant will need to build a large-scale production team. So far, Tesla has posted 35 job openings on its website, all of which are key jobs needed by German factories. Initially, Tesla would hire 3,000 people for the plant, but the number of employees at the plant will then rise to 8,000.
The Super Factory 4 covers an area of 300 hectares, and Tesla took the land from its original owner after lengthy negotiations. The construction team has been working on the land for weeks in preparation for clearing the land. Tesla has previously announced that it will plant three times as much deforestation after the logging, while preparing land they will buy recently in the surrounding area.
Tesla reported fourth-quarter sales on January 3rd. Last quarter, the company delivered a total of 112,000 vehicles worldwide, of which 925,500 were Model 3s. The company has seen significant growth over the past 12 months, delivering about 367,500 vehicles in 2019, up 50 percent from the previous year. After increasing the capacity of The Super Plant 3 to about 1,500 vehicles a week, Tesla seems determined to focus on and resources to get the Super Plant 4 project on the road as quickly as possible.