That is far from being Tesla’s only concern with its German “money furnace.” Bild learned that many cars have to be reworked before delivery due to defects. The Twitter user jaberwock photographs and shares dozens of bodies scrapped every week, most of them painted and with doors installed. That suggests that Tesla discovered they were not good enough for production shortly before the assembly process started.
Even if they were ok, Tesla would still have a production issue. Bild states that it is producing only 1,000 bodies per week. The plan was to manufacture 10,000 bodies with 9,000 employees. Tesla has only managed to hire 4,500 workers so far.
Brandenburg's Finance minister, Jörg Steinbach, said that the EV maker is hiring around 500 new workers per month. At that pace, it would only reach 9,000 employees in nine months – or in March 2023. Bild said it needs 9,000 workers by December. After the two-week interruption, the company wants to produce cars in three shifts, which makes getting more blue-collars on board a must. Adequately training them is also mandatory.
Tesla is currently making the Model Y in Grünheide with Chinese motors. On June 26, it started postponing deliveries because these motors were failing. One of the affected owners shared that the issue was a “MOSFET Inverter Issue” in the repair invoice. According to the Twitter user mcontrol, Tesla may have replaced the chips in the motor with the wrong components. They could be the cause of the failures.
Bild said that Tesla intends to produce these motors at Giga Grünheide. The company also wants to make batteries there, which will require an expansion. Grünheide’s mayor, Arne Christiani, has removed this request from the city hall’s discussions because the representatives would probably vote against it. As you can see, it seems Tesla’s problems with its German money furnace are only beginning.
1) Since there are apparently at least two different production sites for the Model Y Performance Drive Unit and the ones produced in China have a problem, we could have the first case of incorrect component purchases in the chip crisis:— mcontrol (@mcontrol11) June 28, 2022
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