Tesla Model Y will receive a battery of a new designOctober 8, 2020
Tesla is set to equip the Model Y, which will roll off the assembly line in Berlin in 2021, with a battery with a new design that was announced on Battery Day. Elon Musk hinted at this on Twitter, adding that it entails “significant risks” for production.
The Tesla Gigafactory in Berlin is currently still under construction and the Model Y is due for production in the second half of 2021. According to Musk, the plan is to turn the Berlin factory into a kind of testing ground for Tesla’s model, which will be the first to enter production with the new technology.
“Berlin will use ‘cell 4680’ with structural batteries,” the CEO said on Twitter. According to him, the new technology is fraught with “significant production risks”, so the factories in Fremont and Shanghai will be launched not earlier than in two years.
On Battery Day, Tesla showed how the company wants to improve its battery. Battery cells increase in size and the battery becomes an integral part of the vehicle. The use of materials in the battery will also change. Ultimately, the cumulative optimization should result in a 54% increase in mileage and a 56% reduction in cost per kWh.
“If Tesla manages to produce 4,680 cell structural batteries as early as next year, I feel their lead will grow even further. They will accelerate the development of the global electric vehicle industry by several years, ”says Auke Hekstra, an electric vehicle expert.
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