Tesla made an important update on the status of its in-house production of the 4680 battery cell. The electric car maker didn’t want to confirm a production capacity, but Tesla did say that it doesn’t expect to have supply constraints from it this year.
The update on Tesla not being constrained by the production of 4680 battery cells came after the release of the company’s Q4 2021 earnings. Tesla Senior Vice President of Engineering, Drew Baglino, provided an update on 4680 battery cell production:
“Throughout 2021, we focused on growing cell supply alongside our in-house 4680 effort to provide us flexibility and insurance as we attempt to grow as fast as possible. As we sit today, sales from suppliers actually sort of exceeds our other factory-limiting constraints that you mentioned, Elon, in 2022. Or to say differently, 4680 cells are not a constraint to our 2022 volume plans, based on the information we have. But we are making meaningful progress on the ramp curve in Kato. We’re building 4680 structural packs every day, which are being assembled into vehicles in Texas. I was driving one yesterday and the day before. And we believe our first 4680 vehicles will be delivered this quarter.”
Torque News expects the first Tesla vehicle to be available with the new 4680 battery to be the Model Y coming from Giga Texas and the date to be in early 2022.
Baglino also said that Tesla is making progress deploying cell production capacity at GIgafactory Texas:
“Our focus on the cell, the pack and the vehicles here is driving yield quality and cost to ensure we’re ready for larger volumes this year as we ramp and next year. And the 4680 and pack tool installations here at Giga Austin are progressing well with some areas producing first parts.”
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