Giga Berlin-made Tesla Model Y VIN #1000 has ELON in the code



Tesla CEO Elon Musk hailing from the Arcade Gaming generation is personally a fan of easter eggs and often integrates them in Tesla vehicles. But it looks like the universe also looks for him for some coincidences.

Recently, the VIN sticker of the 1000th Tesla Model Y produced at Gigafactory Berlin surfaced on Twitter. Interestingly, this vehicle identification number (VIN) has the word ELON if read with a little bit of concentration.

Tesla influencer Sawyer Merrittt’s source from Giga Berlin reported that the factory had produced 1,000 Model Y electric SUVs till yesterday (24 Feb 2022).

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Giga Berlin-made Tesla Model Y VIN# 1000 vehicle information sticker.
Giga Berlin-made Tesla Model Y VIN# 1000 vehicle information sticker. Credit: Sawyer Merritt / Twitter.

The VIN code in the above image reads XP7YGCELONB001000 — it is just a coincidence or Elon Musk is behind it, we will probably never know for sure. But it has ignited interest from Elon Musk and Tesla fans (to decode the VIN refer to the guide below).

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The vehicle information sticker of the Giga Berlin-made Model Y VIN 1000 contains some additional information about the vehicle as well. Like the additional serial code under the VIN that reads as GFBB-GA1-C1-00879. The code GFBB refers to Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg, the rest of it is most probably referring to the building, floor, and production line that the vehicle was built on.

There is also a Battery code on this vehicle info badge that reads 43 as the value. This code is also present in Fremont-made Model 3 and Model Ys and refers to the 2170 form factor cells. Therefore, these initial 1000 units are not using the next-gen 4680 form factor cells (Learn more on this at

The rest of the sticker provides the following information in addition to the VIN:

  • Color: Solid Black,
  • Country Code: DE (Germany)
  • Drivetrain: AWD
  • Body Type: Sedan
  • Chassis: P (1993 – 2023)
  • Interior: BL (Black)
  • Seats: 5
  • Wheels: 21″

Tesla got permission to build the initial 2,000 units at Giga Berlin from the local government before the automaker could scale production for mass deliveries to customers in Europe. The final approval to start mass production was expected to be obtained by Tesla before the end of 2021 but it is still pending and we’re approaching the last month of Q1 2022.

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How to decode a Tesla VIN for the model year 2022

You can easily decode a vehicle identification number (VIN) using the following guide. It will also help in deciphering the information hidden in the above VIN for the 1000th Model Y produced at Giga Berlin.

Key for decoding a vehicle identification number (VIN) for the model year 2022.
Key for decoding a vehicle identification number (VIN) for the model year 2022. Credits: Tesla, Inc.


  • Digit 1 – 3: World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI)
  • Digit 4: Make / Line
  • Digit 5: Body Type and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
  • Digit 6: Restraint System
  • Digit 7: Fuel Type
  • Digit 8: Motor / Drive Unit
  • Digit 9: Check Digit
  • Digit 10: Model Year
  • Digit 11: Plant of Manufacturer
  • Digit 11 – 17: Unique Serial Number

The alphabets composing ELON making it to the Model Y VIN 1000 is a coincidence or intentional, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Video: Aerial coverage of the Tesla Giga Berlin factory construction progress as of 22 Feb 2022.
Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

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