Tesla’s 4680 Battery Production in China – The Truth
Tesla prioritized Giga Texas for building 4680 batteries, due to incentives offered by the US government. Tesla will still build some 4,680 batteries at Giga Berlin, but the priority will be the United States
Giga Berlin will build 4680 batteries and in a pilot type process. Some of these processes will however be moved to Giga Texas. Thus, Giga Berlin will accelerate 4680 batteries and continue production. Not all production will be shipped to the United States
The Inflation Reduction Act made Giga Texas the top priority. Austin, Texas takes precedence. Some specific parts of the 4680 battery process are moved to Giga Texas. There will be no system dismantling at Giga Berlin for 4680 batteries.
There’s an email from Tesla that’s shared by Electrified and it goes on to say:
We will do the following in Berlin:
The electrode commissioning and production ramp will continue at full speed and we will ship the electrode to Texas for completion in cells. The installation of additional tables and assembly equipment will also be suspended. The equipment created will be redirected to Texas.
4680 Battery priority moved
Electrodes are manufactured in Giga Berlin, but will be shipped to Giga Texas. There is the installation of tables and assembly equipment. Some gear created in Giga Berlin will be shipped to Giga Texas.
This is not at all a disadvantage for Giga Berlin. Their Model Y production will continue even if the 4680 batteries are redesigned. Tesla just needs to take advantage of a huge opportunity in the US market and that’s something they should be doing.
Sandy Munro took apart Tesla’s 4680 batteries and found a number of interesting things. Disassembly was done with a pipe cutter through the thick piece of steel covering the battery. The assembly was nothing short of engineering genius rivaling that of the Giga Press.
We now know that Tesla shifted the priority of its 4680 batteries to Giga Texas. Do you think that was the right thing to do? Should Tesla take advantage of the Inflation Reduction Act?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he’s become a Tesla bull, covering everything he can find on Tesla, while dabbling in other EV companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his coverage of Tesla news on Torque News.
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