Musk said, “We are producing a good number of batteries every week, and I think by the end of this year, we will start mass production. But because of the use of a lot of new technology, it is difficult to predict how fast production will increase. However, I Confidence that we will achieve high productivity.”
“However, we may not be confident of high production rates until the end of this year, but this will not affect our car production. We have a sufficient supply of batteries from our suppliers and can produce 1.5 million cars this year. Therefore, 4680 Batteries are not currently limiting our car production, but they will be very important for next year’s production.”
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During Tesla’s second-quarter earnings call, Drew Baglino, Tesla’s senior vice president of powertrain and energy engineering, said that production of 4680 cells at Tesla’s Kato Road plant in California increased 35% sequentially.
Production of the 4680 cells has been growing since March as the Tesla team fully automated the power delivery of the dry anode-electrode tool. Baglino said that this has led to a significant increase in production rates and improved yields.
He also added that Tesla aims to have weekly production of 4680 cells at its Gigafactory Texas exceed that of the pilot line at Kato Road by the end of the year.