With all the new cars on the market, both the established automaker and the wide variety of startups, it is easy to forget how complicated the process of making cars in volume is actually.
Tesla has a new video that gives a close-up look of the mass production of cars The video gives us footage taken by a drone as it flies through Tesla’s newly minted plant near Berlin, Germany, and has a flight path that takes us through some machines, like a stamping press.
The German plant, known as Giga Berlin, saw the completion of its first consumer car in March. CEO Elon Musk visited the plant to mark the occasion and even performed a short dance.
2022 Tesla Lineup (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)
The plant is currently building the Model Y crossover but is expected to add production of the Model 3 sedan at a later date. At full capacity, the plant will be able to produce 500,000 vehicles and 50 gigawatt-hour batteries annually.
It has joined Tesla’s main plant in Fremont, California, as well as a plant in Austin, Texas, and a plant in Shanghai, China. Tesla also has a plant in Reno, Nevada, which makes battery packs and other components. The Chinese plant is Tesla’s largest, accounting for more than half of Tesla’s record 936,000 deliveries in 2021.
The Tesla lineup currently includes the old Model S sedan and Model X SUV and the new Model 3 sedan and Model Y crossover. Future models will include cybertruck pickup trucks, roadstar sports cars, semi-tractor trucks and Optimus, a robot with artificial intelligence that can act as a factory worker. Among these future models, the Cybertrack was first assigned, production of which is expected to begin in 2023 at the Texas plant.