While the Berlin Gigafactory is expected to be operational in July 2021, Tesla may have a head start on the work. In this case, the Model Y reserved for European customers would land earlier than expected.
Introduced in March 2019, the Tesla Model Y electric SUV continues its path. The vehicle has already been in the hands of thousands of American users for several months and will eventually land in European homes once the construction of the Gigafactory Berlin is completed.
A new advance to be expected
The German plant was initially scheduled to be operational in July 2021, but rumors are that the overseas firm is ahead of its schedule, reports Teslarati, citing a Dutch source close to Tesla. The Model Y could thus point the tip of its nose from the second quarter of next year, or even the first.
This would not be the first time that Tesla has posted a train ahead of its original schedule. Its Shanghai Gigafactory was in fact completed before the initially scheduled deadline. Also, the group led by Elon Musk optimizes the time of its manufacturing processes, which allows it to save precious weeks on its program.
A nice surprise at the start of 2021?
According to Teslarati, the manufacturer would be relying on a new prefab-based manufacturer’s process, which would allow it to step up the pace. Customers from the old continent could therefore have a nice surprise during the first months of 2021. On the other hand, and with regard to the Tesla calendar, the first European versions of the Model Y would not be entitled to the famous battery cells, expected around from 2022.
All the same, for this to be possible, the sanitary conditions allow it. Several countries, including France, are starting to reconfigure their populations and if Germany has taken strict measures without blocking work, the possibility should not be completely omitted in the coming months. So let’s not be too optimistic.