Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory is generally considered to be able to achieve an annual output of 500,000 cars after the first phase of the project is put into production. The first phase of the plant is expected to be put into production later this year.
Some opinions point out that considering that eight super die-casting machines will be installed in the first phase of the Berlin plant, the plant’s potential annual output may be underestimated by then. The super die-casting machine to be used in the Berlin plant is produced by the Italian IDRA Group. The size of this equipment is similar to the size of a house. It can produce die-casting parts for the front and rear underbody of Model Y (Configuration|Inquiry). The size of the super die casting machine itself is already daunting, and each machine requires up to 24 flatbed trucks to transport the assembled parts.
The operating cycle of each super die-casting machine is 80 to 90 seconds, which means that it can produce 40 to 45 complete die-casting parts per hour. At this speed, it can produce about 1,000 die-casting parts per day.
If it is assumed that each Model Y needs to use 3 die-casting parts, and each super die-casting opportunity has 20% troubleshooting time, the actual annual production capacity of the Berlin Gigafactory will far exceed the 500,000 units declared in the written document.
Some netizens in the Tesla online community predict that the Berlin Gigafactory alone can produce more than 1 million cars every year. Although the above forecast contains optimistic elements, considering that there will be eight super die-casting machines settled in the first phase of the Berlin plant, the goal of producing one million vehicles per year is not out of reach.
At present, Tesla has two super die-casting machines at the Fremont plant, and the die-cast parts of the rear end produced by Tesla can be used to manufacture the rear underbody of Model Y. According to the scene captured by the drone, the super die-casting machine at the Fremont factory takes approximately 170 seconds for each punching operation, which may be related to the fact that the machine has not yet been optimized and debugged. The manufacturer IDRA estimates that each super die-casting machine will take 80 to 90 seconds to operate, which means there is still a lot of room for optimization of the cnc operating in the Fremont plant.
Reports from Germany in July last year showed that Tesla plans to produce 2 million cars a year at the Berlin Gigafactory, which will help Tesla capture an estimated 16% share of the European electric car market. If the first phase of the Berlin plant alone can produce 500,000 vehicles per year with eight super die-casting machines, then the goal of the entire plant to produce 2 million vehicles per year can also be reached.
The above production figures reflect that Tesla will not only produce Model Y at the Berlin plant. Although the Berlin factory uses Model Y as its opening work, Tesla also hinted that Model 3 (configuration|inquiry) cars will also be rolled off the factory. Tesla CEO Elon Musk pointed out that Tesla intends to put into production an unannounced model at the Berlin plant. This car is a tailor-made work by Tesla for the European market.
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