Tesla gigafactory in Berlin delayed by six months
According to the specialist German magazine ‘AutomobilWoche’, sources close to the company management have confirmed that the Tesla factory planned near Berlin will be delayed by up to six months. The planned production start of July 2021 is no longer feasible.
This time, the cause of the delay is not due to the Covid-19 pandemic but rather to the ultimate construction permit to build the production site in Grünheide (near Berlin), Germany.
Moreover, the American manufacturer itself has also experienced delays in the development of the new model that will be built in this factory. Problems have arisen in the production of the structure into which the battery fits.
The permission to build the production site was delayed because Tesla later decided to produce a new type of battery cell (4680) in ‘Giga Berlin’. This meant that the initial plans were changed and the approval process had to be run through a second time, which quickly led to a delay of at least three months.
It is also conceivable that lobbying by the German metal industry (who suddenly see their competitor in their backyard) will cause another delay.
Own battery production
Tesla will build the Model Y in Brandenburg county, and it will have a battery pack with the new 4680 cells, which will replace the classic 18650 cells. The latter are widely used and can be found, for example, in the battery units of an electric bike, or the cordless blender in your kitchen.
In the new Tesla models, however, different battery technologies will be used (depending on the range chosen). In short, car production at the German Tesla site will not be (fully) dependent on battery cells produced at the same location.
That means that the car production can start earlier than the battery factory, and according to the current schedule, the first car should roll off the assembly line in late 2021. From July 2021, there’s no talking anymore.