News hardware Tesla still has a big problem in Europe…
Published on 25/10/2022 at 17:55
Billionaire Elon Musk’s firm is gradually beginning to gain followers all around the globe. Today, everyone knows Tesla and even some of the manufacturer’s models. But there is still a big problem that Tesla wants to solve in Europe.
Tesla can’t produce enough batteries in Europe
Tesla is slowly but surely starting to produce 4680 cell batteries. This type of battery allows the brand to offer better performance for its future vehicle models. And for good reason, these cells can store much more energy than the current ones. Simply put, this type of battery could provide six times the power needed than current batteries, and five times the storage capacity.
From 2020, Tesla indicated that this new type of cell would make it possible to increase the autonomy of vehicles by around 16%, by reducing the cost of the Kilowatt hour by 14%. The battery model is also designed to recharge much faster than the versions on the market, but nothing has been confirmed on this side yet.
It is via the German media Handelsblatt that Tesla indicates great difficulties in producing 4680 cell batteries at the Gigafactory in Berlin. The various tests on vehicles leaving factories in the German capital showed concerns about the dry coating of the electrodes which form the 4680 batteries. The prototypes are doing very well, however, it is the production on a larger scale that would pose problem.
Recently, Tesla communicated that the large-scale production of these batteries was in fashion at the Gigafactory in Texas and that the model would finally be able to equip the Tesla Semi. The goal of Elon Musk’s brand still remains to be able to master the process of creating this type of cell in Berlin in order to more easily equip the brand’s electric vehicles which will be released in 2023 on the European continent.
For some time now, the Gigafactory in Berlin has started to produce Tesla Model Y Long Autonomy, but the increasingly long battery production processes are forcing Tesla to have certain parts produced in the United States. For the moment, the European Tesla Model Y are equipped with battery with 2170 cells, imported from China.
A big delay for Tesla?
As one can easily guess, the major concern will be the supply of materials by the beginning of the year 2023. Tesla is planning three new vehicles for next year, the Cybertruck, the Tesla Semi, and finally the Roadster II. These new vehicles should benefit from new, more efficient battery technologies, but if supplies and manufacturing processes remain behind in the Gigafactory in Berlin, future European customers could suffer.
Indeed, who says lack of supply says long delay, or even an increase in prices in France. While the Tesla Model 3 is the manufacturer’s most popular vehicle in France, it would be silly for the brand to no longer be able to offer machines that are supposed to be revolutionary for next year, at the same time as for the American territory.
For the moment, Tesla has not yet communicated anything regarding the prices of their future vehicles equipped with 4860 cell batteries, but we may have news by the end of 2022.