Tesla’s Giga Texas to become the world’s largest battery cell maker?

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Tesla’s brand new Giga factory in Texas is set to become the world’s largest battery cell manufacturer.

I feel it’s important to write about this as Tesla is the loudest voice for sustainability and the world is watching CEO Elon Musk’s every step. Giga Texas may be huge, and what Tesla is doing may be a technological marvel, but it’s also necessary for sustainability.

While a lot of headlines focused on the glitz and glamor of the launch party, and yes, one of my pieces also focused on that, I also want to focus on what’s important that isn’t beautiful drone shows, Elon’s dances at Giga Berlin and Shanghai or the toughness of the Cybertruck and the Tesla Semi. All of this is important and exciting, but even more important is the work Tesla and his team are doing for the future of sustainability and for humanity.

It all starts with one tiny thing – a battery cell. This might seem boring compared to the glitz and glamor to some, but it’s a crucial component of Tesla’s success. And the factory itself — the machine that builds the machine — has transformed the way clean energy vehicles are made.

In his remarks, Elon pointed out that Giga Texas is the most advanced car factory our planet has ever seen.

“You know, a factory is advanced when it feels like an alien dreadnought has landed.”

He shared the lessons the Tesla team learned from Fremont. In the photo below, Elon pointed out that everything was separate and that there was a lot of movement.

Screenshot of Tesla’s presentation.

“The team is doing a great job in Fremont, California, but we learned a lot from where the buildings were all separate. There’s a lot of movement between the buildings, and what we thought made sense was to really think of it like a chip; like an integrated circuit – putting everything in one package – and now you get this.”

giga texas

Screenshot of Tesla’s presentation

In the photo above you can see that Tesla has integrated all of its buildings into one:

  • future production.
  • general assembly.
  • Battery.
  • Cell.
  • plastics.
  • To paint.
  • drive unit.
  • Pour.
  • Body.
  • Stamp.

“Here, raw materials come in on the one hand. They are formed into a cell. They come in a pack. Then we cast the front-rear body. The pack itself is structural. And the result is a finished product. So raw materials on the one hand, cars on the other.”

Regarding Tesla’s own battery cells, Elon pointed out what he and the team believe to be the most advanced cell in the world – a cell made at Giga Texas. He shared some of the footage during the keynote address and said it was from Giga Texas. In the footage you can see how battery cells are made.

“We believe that over time this will likely be the largest cell factory in the world.”


 

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