Tesla Semi, the automaker’s upcoming electrical semi truck, is prepared for manufacturing, however CEO Elon Musk says that they want the brand new 4680 cells to provide any quantity.

Tesla Semi

When unveiling Tesla Semi in 2017, the automaker stated that the manufacturing variations of Tesla Semi, that are class 8 vans with 80,000-lb. capacities, would have 300-mile and 500-mile vary choices for $150,000 and $180,000, respectively.

Nevertheless, CEO Elon Musk stated that they discovered alternatives to increase that vary throughout testing.

A 12 months later, Musk stated that the Tesla Semi production version will have closer to 600 miles of range.

After a couple of delays, Tesla talked about “low-volume production in late 2020, however the timeline was later pushed to 2021.

Final summer season, Musk informed staff in an electronic mail obtained by Electrek that “it’s time to bring Tesla Semi to volume production” with out updating the timeline.

The CEO later stated that the Tesla Semi would be produced at Gigafactory Texas in Austin.

Not too long ago, we’ve got additionally seen indications that Tesla is gearing up to have some production of the Tesla Semi at Gigafactory Nevada.

Tesla wants its new 4680 cells for the electrical truck

Throughout the convention name following the release of Tesla’s Q4 2020 earnings, the automaker’s administration commented on the progress in bringing the Tesla Semi to manufacturing.

CEO Elon Musk stated that Tesla may convey the electrical truck to manufacturing proper now, however they don’t have the battery cells:

“If we have been to make the Semi like proper now, which we may simply go into manufacturing with the Semi, however we’d not have sufficient cells. We must provide cells ourselves for Semi after we are producing the 4680 in quantity. However for instance, Semi would use sometimes 5 instances the variety of cells {that a} automobile would use, however it might not promote for five instances what a automobile would promote for. So it might not make sense for us to do the Semi proper now, however it’s going to completely make sense for us to do it as quickly as we will handle the cell manufacturing constraint.”

Tesla confirmed that they nonetheless plan to start out deliveries of the Tesla Semi this 12 months, however it’s seemingly going to be in low quantity utilizing 4680 battery cells from Tesla’s pilot plant in Fremont.

The automaker stated that they’re on track to achieve 10 GWh of manufacturing capability on the plant this 12 months and deploy 100 GWh of manufacturing capability in Berlin and Texas by the tip of subsequent 12 months.

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