Tesla Increases Production of 4680 Battery Cells for Testing, as Start of Mass Production Likely for 1H ’22

Eva Fox by Eva Fox October 23, 2021

Tesla Increases Production of 4680 Battery Cells for Testing, as Start of Mass Production Likely for 1H ’22

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Tesla is ramping up the production of 4680 batteries for testing purposes. The front and rear body castings required to form the structural battery pack are manufactured at Giga Texas. The first production vehicles with a new architecture using 4680 battery cells will debut in 2022.

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 stated that front and rear body castings, which are needed to form the structural battery pack, are already being produced at Giga Texas. We have previously seen several fly-overs of the Texas factors showing some front castings. And now, the company has actually confirmed that it is producing them there.

"Front and rear body castings, both needed for our structural battery pack architecture, are being produced at Gigafactory Texas."

During the Q3 Earnings Call, the company announced that 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.

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