October 9, 2020 12:45:54 pm
Tesla Inc’s new manufacturing unit in Austin, Texas, gained’t construct solely the Cybertruck: State filings counsel the corporate additionally plans to make batteries on web site as a part of an bold technique to additional combine its provide chain.
“The power is proposing to function a cell-manufacturing unit to supply the battery packs which might be put in within the car,” says an 188-page air-quality allow software filed with the Texas Fee on Environmental High quality. The paperwork Bloomberg reviewed had been filed between July and September.
Chief Government Officer Elon Musk introduced through the electric-car producer’s quarterly earnings name in July that Tesla had chosen Austin as the location of its subsequent plant. Along with constructing the Cybertruck, Semi and Roadster, all of that are nonetheless in growth, the corporate’s second US vehicle-assembly manufacturing unit — after its flagship plant in Fremont, California — additionally will make the Mannequin Y crossover for East Coast clients.
The environmental allow software was first reported by the Austin Enterprise Journal.
Eventually month’s “Battery Day” occasion final month outlining its know-how objectives, Musk mentioned Tesla will proceed to purchase battery cells from present suppliers together with Panasonic Corp, LG Chem Ltd, and Modern Amperex Know-how Co but additionally has begun making its personal cells on a pilot manufacturing line in Fremont. It should finally produce solely about 10 gigawatt-hours of batteries every year, whereas a full-scale Tesla battery-cell facility could have a capability nearer to 200 gigawatt-hours, Musk mentioned.
The submitting with the Texas regulator in July was a part of a permit-by-rule registration course of permitting the corporate to assemble gear to be used on the manufacturing facility. GHD Companies Inc submitted the registration on Tesla’s behalf.
Tesla’s senior vice chairman for powertrain and vitality engineering, Drew Baglino, didn’t reply to requests for remark by voice mail or e mail.
Tesla presently makes the S, X, three and Y fashions at its Fremont plant and manufactures batteries at its gigafactory close to Reno, Nevada. However the Austin manufacturing unit, which Musk estimates shall be accomplished earlier than one other plant beneath development in Berlin, seems to co-locate battery manufacturing with automobiles.
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