In a twitter exchange with an automotive blogger, Elon Musk confirmed that the Tesla Model Y built at the Berlin Gigafactory will benefit from the new 4680 battery cells.
During its Battery Day event on September 22, 2020, the Californian manufacturer Tesla lifted the veil on a new battery cell six times more powerful by the name of 4680. Enough to significantly increase the range of its electric vehicles in the near future – two years minimum.
But one question still remained unanswered: which model of the group would benefit from it first? Elon Musk reportedly answered the question through a twitter exchange with automotive blogger Whole Mars Catalog. In short: the Model Y manufactured in the Gigafactory in Berlin will be the lucky ones.
Profound design changes
"Many new technologies will land in Berlin, also entailing significant production risks. Fremont and Shanghai sites will transition in two years when new technology is provenThe SpaceX boss wrote on the social network to the Blue Bird.
Here, Tesla therefore intends to make profound changes in the design of the Model Y assembled across the Rhine. The latter is expected to undergo a relatively extensive structural design change, whereby the famous revolutionary battery can be integrated, says Electrek.
What about the Austin Gigafactory in all of this?
If we stick to Tesla's schedule, the Berlin production site will be operational in July 2021. The group should not, however, deploy its new cells before 2022. The fact is that future European Model Y will have a radius action that should put new pressure on competitors in the sector.
Mr. Musk, however, remained silent on the fate of the Austin, Texas Gigafactory, also due in mid-2021. Will it also be able to deploy this new generation of battery on Tesla vehicles thanks to production lines provided for this purpose? There's no doubt about it, Uncle Sam's country being his main livelihood.