Tesla production update: 1 million Giga Shanghai, 3 million total, Australia and New Zealand receive Model Y deliveries

Tesla and its dynamic CEO Elon Musk have been posting a few production updates on Twitter over the past few days. Interesting figures have been put forward for the overall production of Tesla and its factory in Shanghai, China.

Tesla has passed the milestone of producing 3 million electric vehicles to date, a figure Elon Musk posted in a tweet after mentioning it at Tesla’s annual shareholders meeting. (See also: “Cumulative sales of Tesla vehicles hit nearly 3 million.”) Gigafactory Shanghai alone produced 1 million cars as of Saturday, August 13, 2022.

A long wait for Tesla Model Y customers in Australia and New Zealand has also come to an end as the automaker has begun deliveries to those distant countries.

“Congratulations, Giga Shanghai on making the millionth car! Total Teslas now makes over 3 million,” Musk tweeted for the production update of Giga Shanghai and Tesla as a whole.

A celebratory event was held at Giga Shanghai to celebrate the production of the millionth car at the plant. A red Tesla Model Y electric SUV was the millionth vehicle produced at Gigafactory Shanghai, China.

Giga Shanghai employees celebrate the production of the millionth vehicle produced at the plant (a red Tesla Model Y). Credit: Tesla China via Jay in Shanghai / Twitter.

Tesla began Model Y deliveries in the United States on March 13, 2020. Tesla customers in Australia and New Zealand have been waiting for over 2 years to get their hands on one.

“The production rate is how fast you can solve 10,000 problems.” —Elon Musk at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (video below)

Tesla (TSLA) has ambitious short-term and long-term production goals. Company chairman Robyn Denholm told the 2022 annual shareholder meeting that Tesla aims to produce 20 million electric vehicles a year by 2030.

For this year (2022), Tesla has set a goal of producing 1.5 million cars, which is half the number of cars Tesla has made since it began production in 2009 (the original Roadster).

The Austin, Texas-based automaker had set a goal of producing 1 million vehicles last year, but due to force majeure circumstances it fell a bit short. Tesla produced 930,422 cars in 2021, still representing 83% year-on-year growth from the previous year, 2020.

Tesla’s original factory in Fremont, California, and the Giga factory in Shanghai are now operating at full capacity. While Giga Berlin hit a production rate of 1,000 Model Ys per week in June, and Giga Texas will hit the same production rate later this year, as Elon Musk said at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Tesla (video below).

With the capacity expansion of Giga Texas and Giga Berlin, these plants will significantly increase quarterly and annual production numbers. Elon Musk even said that Tesla could announce another Gigafactory location this year – hitting the 20 million car-per-year goal requires that kind of aggressive growth.

Originally posted on Tesla Oracle.


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