Final push to Tesla: Port deliveries, Model Y LR from Texas, head of design delivers the cars

Tesla has only a few hours to save what it can with its second quarter 2022 numbers. Both production and deliveries are likely to be significantly lower than in the first three months of the year, mainly because the Gigafactory in China has produced dozens of thousands of Model 3 and Model Y fewer due to crown lock. But the time remaining in the quarter is at least used intensively.

Tesla’s head of design offers himself

A fifth ship with Tesla supplies from China arrived in Europe at the end of last week. She was partially unloaded in Barcelona over the weekend and then continued on to Southampton in the UK and, according to customers and observers, direct deliveries should have taken place in both ports. At the same time, Tesla doesn’t seem to be spared any expense in order to reserve the electric cars delivered this quarter: German customers, among others, have reported offering them home delivery by van.

In the US, meanwhile, the Tesla management is once again engaged in the final sprint. We haven’t heard or seen anything about CEO Elon Musk for a few days now, which is already upsetting some of his Twitter followers. But his longtime design chief Franz von Holzhausen reported for it. He delivered Tesla all over Los Angeles, and it was a great experience, he wrote Wednesday night, US time. Like, for example, Tesla boss himself on New Year’s Eve 2019, von Holzhausen appears to be personally involved.

Apparently, the new Tesla Gigafactory in Texas is also contributing to more electric cars for quick short-term deliveries. After their official start in early April, hardly any Y models were initially delivered from there, probably because there weren’t enough 4680 batteries for the new structural battery pack. In the meantime, however, Tesla in Texas (in addition or exclusively) uses conventional batteries such as for the Model Y of the German Gigafactory as well as in China and Fremont and thus builds the Long Range (LR) variant. According to the Electrek blog, production is said to have increased to 5,000 Model Ys per week. Local observers have not confirmed this, but at least they have reported about 100 new electric cars a day from the Texas factory.

Supply of the German Model Y is faltering

According to the company, the new Gigafactory in Grünheide near Berlin also achieved production of 1000 Model Ys per week for the first time in mid-June. However, many deliveries have been canceled by Tesla at short notice since last weekend, apparently due to a problem with the China-supplied rear-wheel drive unit. So, despite recent progress, the two new factories are unlikely to be able to offset weeks of restrictions on Chinese ones. But Tesla is apparently doing everything possible to ensure that the gap from production and delivery records in the previous quarter is not too large.

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