Tesla continues to prepare for the mass production of its new 4680 battery cells. The company increased the hiring efforts for its 4680 pilot battery cell line at Kato Road, Fremont, California, a significant increase over prior months.
In its Q3 2021 financial report, Tesla released an update on the progress in developing its 4680 batteries. The manufacturer said its project to build its own battery cells at Kato Road, Fremont, California, continues to grow. Tesla confirmed that an increasing number of battery cells are being produced there for testing purposes. This is an important step before bringing the new cells to market. In addition, the manufacturer said that it was pleased with the test results, as they meet its expectations.
“The 4680 in-house cell project continues to progress. We are producing an increasing number of battery packs for testing purposes, and so far, the test results meet our current expectations.”
Tesla is expanding its battery team in order to continue to ramp up the production of test samples that are key to future production. To date, the manufacturer is hiring for about 70 positions to work on its test line at Kato Road.
BREAKING: Tesla’s increased their hiring efforts EVEN FURTHER for their 4680 pilot cell line at Kato Rd. I’ve been told Tesla’s looking to hire almost DOUBLE what they were just in Sept (this would be a tripling of headcount since Aug). 📈🚀— Sawyer Merritt 📈🚀 (@SawyerMerritt) November 21, 2021
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As of now, the manufacturer said the first vehicles with 4680 cells and the structural pack will debut in production vehicles in 2022. Drew Baglino, SVP of Tesla Powertrain and Energy Engineering, said both of these new technologies should be launched sometime in the first half of next year. Therefore, such a significant increase in the hiring efforts is a logical step.
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