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Tesla has always strived to independently produce all the components necessary for the production of automobiles, and the company's factory in Germany was no exception. The electric vehicle maker wants to produce many auto parts at its Giga Berlin, as evidenced by its factory plans.
One of Tesla's secrets is that its factories are autonomous. Gigafactories have all the necessary equipment to independently produce a lot of the components for their products. Much of Tesla's supply chain is owned by the company and each unit in the company's supply chain makes its own products. Products are then combined to meet a common need.
In a revised application for the construction of Giga Berlin, Tesla indicated that it plans to manufacture many components in-house. For example, the company wants to add steps for manufacturing seats, plastic components such as bumpers and mirror caps, and for painting them. It should be understood that this is uncharacteristic for automotive factories in the industry. Most other manufacturers buy off-the-shelf parts from suppliers and then simply install them in their vehicles.
In addition to the aforementioned components, Tesla will manufacture at Giga Berlin the most important part of any electric vehicle—batteries. While all other companies buy battery cells (most often from Asian suppliers) the Californian manufacturer has developed its own. The new 4680 battery cells should make electric vehicles more affordable. Giga Berlin will produce 50-gigawatt hours of electricity annually in lithium-ion batteries, enough to produce about 670,000 Model Ys or Model 3s per year. When the factory is completed, it will be the largest battery manufacturing plant in Europe. However, this is only an initial plan and in the future, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hopes to produce around 250 gigawatt-hours per year. “I can even imagine expanding to 200 to 250 GWh,” he said. "I'm pretty sure that that would make it the largest battery factory in the world."
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.