Posted in 26 Sep 2020 |
By Zachary Shahan
26th September 2020 by Zachary Shahan
Tesla’s battery day display is filled with a lot of information. At the bottom of this article, I’ll be adding some articles we published that I tried to summarize, further explain, and explain about the Battery Day event. First, though, there’s one point that wasn’t clarified in the presentation that Tesla CEO Elon Musk just confirmed on Twitter.
The Battery Day Leaving the presentation Some people think Tesla was actually producing quite a few of its homemade batteries for use in Tesla cars, and it left other people to think Tesla was still far from getting its own cells into cars, and letting others think Tesla was actually pumping 10 gigawatts – hours Of batteries a year and stuffing them into new Tesla cars. What Elon Musk just showed on Twitter is that Tesla new batteries are actually in cars on the road today – well, in fact, the cars that have been on the road for the past several months. (Remember that Battery Day was supposed to happen several months ago.) Although it is not 100% clear whether these are just test vehicles or also some consumer vehicle, it does seem implicitly (and only logically) that they are test vehicles not It is still owned by Tesla.
Suppliers. We just make high energy nickel ourselves, at least for now as well, the presentation might not have been clear about having our cells already in kits that have been driving cars for months. Prototyping is trivial, and volumetric production is difficult.
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 26th September 2020
The last line in that tweet also indicates that the company is still far from mass production. Having prototype cells in cars is a minuscule achievement in Elon’s eyes, compared to the challenge of producing large quantities of these cells and transporting them into thousands and thousands of vehicles each month. It seems that since he saw the prototypes as “trivial”, that wasn’t the most prominent feature of the presentation.
For more information on these cells, Kyle Field wrote an in-depth piece for us that I recommend reading:All you need to know about Tesla’s new 4680 battery cell. “
Regarding Tesla’s battery production capacity and where it is at the moment, Musk and Tesla CTO Drew Baglino explained where Tesla is today and where it intends to be in the near term.
“This is not just a concept or a show,” Paglino said. “We are starting to ramp up manufacturing of these cells at a 10 GWh pilot production facility just around the corner.”
“It will take some time to reach 10 GWh [annualized] Musk added, noting that the company expects to reach this production capacity at some time during the next twelve months. “Actual production plants will be in the range of 200 gigawatt hours or more over time.”
Musk’s comments on the challenges of mass production come from many years of manufacturing experience, including many challenging years. But as I indicated two days ago, the 10 GWh “test station” at Tesla is actually going to be The third largest manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries in the world If it is online tomorrow. So, Tesla expects to be pumping in a significant flow of battery cells over the coming months, whether it calls this a full-pulse plant or a “pilot” plant. Meanwhile, it has much bigger plans that could make it the largest producer of lithium-ion batteries in the world.
For more information on these topics, I recommend reading:
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