Yesterday’s Tesla event in Germany allowed the head of the company to reveal plans for the production of electric vehicles and traction batteries in this country. If the first ones start to be released next month, then the second ones will appear no earlier than the end of next year. At the same time, the Californian battery manufacturing enterprise will slightly yield to the German one in performance.
Recall that yesterday Tesla held an open day at a plant under construction in the vicinity of Berlin, inviting almost 9,000 participants for a tour and a rich cultural program with the possibility of a test drive on electric vehicles. As explains Reuters, Elon Musk, during his speech, expressed the hope that the first production cars will begin to roll off the local assembly line as early as next month, but the enterprise will reach its design capacity longer than its construction took place. The first important milestone for Tesla is the achievement of a weekly production volume of 5,000 electric vehicles. At its peak, an enterprise in Germany is expected to produce 10,000 cars a week.
We have found confirmation and expectations about the source of the batteries, which will be equipped with the Tesla Model Y crossovers assembled in Germany. Thus, the first batches of German-built electric vehicles will have to rely on batteries from other sources. The design capacity implies the production of batteries in Germany with an aggregate capacity of 50 GWh per year.
At the Tesla shareholder meeting, which took place earlier, Elon Musk also explainedthat the plant under construction in Lathrop, California will be able to produce batteries with an aggregate capacity of 40 GWh per year. For Tesla’s American business, this will be of great help, as it will increase its own battery production tenfold. Priority will be given to equipping electric vehicles with batteries, but the launch of production in California will allow Tesla to significantly expand its business in the production of stationary energy storage systems. Traditionally, Tesla has had to rely on the capabilities of a Nevada facility operated in partnership with Panasonic.