Some fascinating information about the vehicles that Tesla will be manufacturing at Giga Berlin have been verified by Elon Musk. The Model Y that will be manufactured at the facility will use the company’s 4680 cells and structural battery pack, according to the Tesla CEO. Gigafactory Berlin will also use single-piece front and rear castings on top of a new paint store.
Needless to say, it seems that compared to its siblings, the Made-in-Germany Model Y would indeed be a totally different animal that is being manufactured in the Fremont Factory, and possibly later this year in Gigafactory Shanghai.
During a conversation with Tesla owner-enthusiast @WholeMarsBlog, Musk shared his latest Giga Berlin updates on Twitter, who asked the CEO whether the new 4680 cells will head to the German factory. Musk clarified that a lot of new technology is going to happen in Berlin, which means that a large amount of output risk is going to occur. However, once the latest technology is confirmed, the developments on the site will be redirected to Fremont and Shanghai.
Big news for the electric car community is the confirmation of 4680 cells and structural battery packs for the Made-in-Germany Model Y. After all, Tesla took a rather conservative approach during Battery Day when announcing its goals for battery production, a strategy that appears to have puzzled and disappointed Wall Street. That said, the company has shown subtle signs that, with its 4680 cells and structural battery pack, it may be ready to produce vehicles sooner than expected.
The Roadrunner line operating close to the Fremont Factory was among these recommendations, which would be ramped up to an annual production of 10 GWh. A slide during the Battery Presentation also showed what appeared to be a Tesla Model Y frame equipped with 4680 cells and a structural battery pack. The new cells and the structural pack, together with the single-piece front and rear casts of the vehicle, should enable Gigafactory Berlin to ramp up its vehicle production and optimize its operating costs rapidly. This should help Tesla escape the severe difficulties it experienced in the United States during the initial Model 3 ramp.
Musk also noted, in addition to his updates on the Giga Berlin-made Model Y, that Tesla plans to make heavy use of LFP batteries for medium-range cars and stationary storage. This should help the organization further reduce its costs while enhancing its environmental impact. LFP batteries are more affordable, after all. They also use zero cobalt, which happens to be a controversial material in some mines located in the Republic of Congo due to dubious practices.
Ultimately, Musk’s latest Gigafactory Berlin update on the Model Y bodes well for the all-electric crossover. A veteran automotive teardown expert, Sandy Munro, has noted that Teslas would likely be made much safer by structural batteries. This could help the Model Y attract more customers in Germany and the rest of Europe, as when it is launched, it may very well be one of the most cost-optimized and safe vehicles on the market.
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