Elon Musk on Sept. 21 confirmed that Tesla’s “high volume” battery cell production isn’t likely to kick off before 2022. In other words, it will most affect Roadster programs, Tesla Semi, and the Cybertruck.
Tesla Battery Day 2020 will be held today, Sept. 22. It is an event where the automaker is widely expected to divulge details about its plan to build its own battery cell on a massive scale. Tesla is currently building a pilot production line for its new battery cell in Fremont, California and it is manufacturing new equipment as it learns from this pilot line.
“Tesla is currently building a pilot production line to produce those cells in volume in Fremont. Tesla Grohmann, the company’s automation group, is currently building the machines for higher-volume production based on what they are learning from the pilot line,” a source told electrek.
In other words, volume production isn’t expected for a little while. Given that the new battery cell is expected to radically enhance the performance of its vehicles, Tesla’s rollout of the new cells was understandably unexpected since the automaker doesn’t have a reputation for announcing upgrades to its existing vehicle lineups before they are available.
Clarifying this situation, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that high volume production will not happen until 2022 and it will be for the Roadster vehicle programs, Cybertruck, and Tesla. Semi. Aside from that, Musk also confirmed that Tesla will continue to buy batteries from current suppliers and even others.
“We intend to increase, not reduce battery cell purchases from Panasonic, LG & CATL (possibly other partners too). However, even with our cell suppliers going at maximum speed, we still foresee significant shortages in 2022 & beyond unless we also take action ourselves.” Musk explained.
Tesla’s battery event will start after the company’s Shareholders Meeting, which kicks off at 1:30 PM Pacific time. You can watch Tesla Battery Day Reveal Live below: