Image: IDRA GROUP
Tesla supplier IDRA has introduced the new Giga Press 𝐍𝐄𝐎. At the moment, it is not known who the customer is, but given the close relationship with Tesla, it is possible that the new machine may become part of the plan for the manufacturer to implement a new car platform.
IDRA GROUP is a key supplier of Tesla, which ensures the development of the company along the intended path. The Italian company manufactures Giga Presses, which cast single-piece front and single-piece rear ends for cars (internal structure). Tesla uses this manufacturing process to make new car models. At the moment, Giga Presses are being used for Model Y production and will be used for Cybertruck.
The use of single-piece castings has a number of advantages related to avoiding many of the manufacturing steps that are used in traditional manufacturing. Obviously, in the future, it makes no sense for the company to go back to the traditional method of production, which means we can be sure that its future cars will be produced using Giga Presses.
On Tuesday, IDRA made an announcement via its LinkedIn. The manufacturer of giant machines said that they have developed a new Giga Press—𝐍𝐄𝐎—and attached a video of its assembly. In the description, the company said that 𝐍𝐄𝐎 offers the perfect solution for the production of large-scale aluminum parts.
“𝐍𝐄𝐎 is driving the future of Vehicle manufacturing, offering the perfect solution for the production of aluminum parts of Hybrid – BEV (Structural, Battery box, Rotors) and Production of large scale aluminum parts complete with full automated HPDC cells (Blocks, Auto gears , Multi-cavity structural).”
On March 1, Tesla will hold an Investor Day, where it promised to introduce a new generation platform. Given the hints of CEO Elon Musk and Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen, it can be assumed that it is not just an idea, but something that already has shape. While Tesla probably would not reveal a prototype of the new car in March, it does seem like the company could actually be close to it. If 𝐍𝐄𝐎 is designed specifically for the manufacturer's new platform, then this will be amazing news.
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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.