Tesla assembly plant in Tilburg at full capacity
One year after CEO Elon Musk opened the Tesla assembly plant in Tilburg, Netherlands, the factory is running at full pace. Every day 90 cars leave the factory. A total of 20.000 a year. “This is our capacity limit”, says Jasper Deman, senior project manager to the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, who got an exclusive tour of the Tesla plant.
Tesla builds it’s cars in Feemont, California, and ships them to Rotterdam to do the final assembly in Tilburg. In the 44.000 square meters facility both the Model S and the Model X are assembled. “We assemble the battery pack and the electric drive train and some 30 other elements like the airbags”, says Deman. “Total assembly and quality testing takes about 24 to 48 hours”.
Indoor test strip
The factory has it’s own indoor test strip of 750 meters length, one of Europe’s longest. Trained employees test each car for three rounds. Every Tesla for the European market is tested here.
Tesla sold around 76.000 cars last years and hopes to boost sales to several hundreds of thousands with the introduction of the modestly priced Model 3. This model will sell for 35.000 $ in the US. European prices will be revealed later this year.
Elon Musk declared last year he’s looking to build a second ‘gigafactory’ somewhere in Europe to build battery packs and the Tesla cars. A lot of European countries are lobbying behind the scenes to get this factory, including Belgium (Antwerp) and the Dutch city of Rotterdam and the provinces of Limburg and Noord-Brabant.