Tesla Giga Texas continues to receive equipment to manufacture 4680 battery cells as the company aims to begin mass production in 2022. A truck with a container that says "anode line 1" drove into a building on the north side.
Tesla's 4680 cells are one of the company's most important products, as they can reduce the cost of electric vehicles, improve their performance, and will also contribute to even faster growth in the manufacturer's production capacity. Due to the difficulties that Tesla faced in 2020, the company has not yet been able to achieve mass production. During the Earnings Call for Q2 2021, Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared some details:
"Right now, we have a challenge with basically what's called calendaring, or basically squashing the cathode, with material to a particular height. So it just goes through these rollers and gets squashed like pizza dough, basically. And - but very hard pizza dough . And then - it's causing - it's denting the calendar rolls. This is not something that happened when the calendar rolls were smaller, but it is happening when the calendar rolls are bigger. So it's just like - we were like, okay, we weren't expecting that."
Because of this, there have been some delays, although Tesla has already ordered and continues to receive equipment for large-scale production of cells in Austin and Berlin, according to Musk. But given what the company learned at the Fremont pilot plant, they will have to make some modifications.
Recently, Giga Texas construction progress observer @peterdog15/Twitter shared a photo of a truck carrying a container via @GailAlfarATX/Twitter. The container has the words "Anode line 1" on the side, suggesting that it should be delivered to the battery production line. The truck was heading in a huge building from the north side.
Delays in the start of mass production of 4680 cells may have worried investors, but the delivery of this equipment to Giga Texas may indicate that Tesla is making steady progress. Since the equipment is already being delivered to Giga Texas, this also suggests that the manufacturer is actively preparing to start mass production of battery cells.
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