As of this week, Tesla has achieved a remarkable milestone, producing over five million cars at its Gigafactories. This achievement stands as a testament to Tesla’s relentless pursuit of excellence in the electric car industry and its unwavering commitment to revolutionize transportation.
On a Saturday evening, Tesla made an official announcement, proudly revealing the production of its five millionth car on X. This monumental moment was accompanied by a heartfelt expression of gratitude to Tesla owners for their steadfast support throughout the journey. Notably, this accomplishment unfolded just six months after Tesla hit the four-million-car production mark, a foresight underscored by the keen observation of Sawyer Merritt, who predicted this milestone nearly a month ago.
This exciting news emerges against the backdrop of Tesla’s much-anticipated launch of the newly redesigned Model 3 Highland. The imminent arrival of this model in select markets, starting as early as October, has generated considerable buzz among electric car enthusiasts. Furthermore, Tesla is on the verge of commencing initial deliveries of the highly awaited Cybertruck, which has fueled anticipation and speculation.
Tesla’s production prowess spans across the globe, with vehicles rolling off the assembly lines at four key factories. Two of these manufacturing facilities are based in the United States, strategically located in Fremont, California, and Austin, Texas. Beyond American borders, Tesla operates factories in Shanghai, China, and just outside Berlin, Germany, solidifying its international footprint.
The company’s ambition extends even further, with plans for expansion through the establishment of new factories beyond U.S. borders in the forthcoming years. Earlier this year, Tesla made headlines by announcing intentions to construct a new factory in Nuevo León, Mexico. This ambitious endeavor was substantiated when the company submitted a letter of intent to commence construction, signaling its commitment to continued growth.
In another noteworthy development, Tesla proudly celebrated the installation of its 50,000th Supercharger earlier this month. To mark this achievement, the automaker adorned the stall with its vibrant Ultra Red paint, sparking intrigue among enthusiasts. Tesla intentionally withheld the charger’s location, sparking a captivating search that ultimately led enthusiasts to discover the elusive Ultra Red charger in Roseville, California.
This remarkable production milestone coincides with a significant development in the automotive industry, as the United Auto Workers (UAW) union initiated a historic strike against automotive giants Ford, General Motors (GM), and Stellantis this week. This labor action has placed substantial financial and production pressure on the renowned “Big 3” of Michigan, raising critical questions about the industry’s future. Ford CEO Jim Farley, in a statement issued on Friday, expressed grave concerns, warning that the proposals from the UAW could potentially push the automaker towards bankruptcy.