Tesla Production Update: 1 Million from Giga Shanghai, 3 Million Total, Australia & New Zealand Get Model Y Deliveries

Both Tesla and its vivacious CEO Elon Musk have posted a few production updates on Twitter in the past few days. Interesting figures have emerged for Tesla’s total production and from the factory in Shanghai, China.

Tesla has crossed the milestone of producing 3 million electric vehicles to date, a number Elon Musk wrote in a tweet after mentioning it during Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting. (See also: “Tesla’s cumulative vehicle sales hit nearly 3 million.”) Gigafactory Shanghai alone has produced 1 million cars as of Saturday, August 13, 2022.

A long wait for Tesla Model Y customers from Australia and New Zealand has also come to an end as the automaker started deliveries in these far flung countries.

“Congratulations Giga Shanghai on making million dollar car! Total Teslas made now over 3M,” Musk tweeted for the production update of Giga Shanghai and Tesla in general.

A celebratory event was held at Giga Shanghai to celebrate the production of the 1 millionth car at the plant. A red Tesla Model Y electric SUV was the millionth vehicle produced at the Gigafactory Shanghai, China.

Giga Shanghai employees celebrate the production of the 1 millionth. vehicle produced at the factory (a red Tesla Model Y). Credit: Tesla China via Jay in Shanghai / Twitter.

Tesla started Model Y deliveries in the US on March 13, 2020. It’s been more than 2 years that Tesla customers from Australia and New Zealand have been waiting to get their hands on one.

“Production speed is how quickly you can solve 10,000 problems.” — Elon Musk at the 2022 annual shareholder meeting (video below)

Tesla (TSLA) has ambitious production targets in the short and long term. The company’s chairman, Robyn Denholm, said at the 2022 annual shareholder meeting that Tesla aims to produce 20 million electric cars a year by 2030.

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

The Austin, TX-based automaker had set a goal of producing 1 million vehicles last year, but due to force majeure circumstances, it fell a little short. Tesla produced 930,422 cars in 2021 – which was still 83% year-over-year growth compared to the previous year, 2020.

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

With Giga Texas and Giga Berlin’s capacity expansion, these factories will add significantly to quarterly and annual production numbers. Elon Musk even said that Tesla could announce a second Gigafactory location this year — reaching the goal of 20 million cars a year requires this kind of aggressive growth.

Originally published on Tesla Oracle.


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