Tesla’s German factory could soon produce motors and batteries in 2023

Tesla has only been producing cars at one of its newest factories, Gigafactory Berlin, for less than a year now. However, according to people familiar with the matter, the American automaker has already planned to produce batteries in Brandenburg, and the project could start in early 2023.

It’s no surprise that Tesla plans to produce batteries at as many of its global factories as possible, and we’ve heard earlier rumors that EV batteries will likely end up rolling out of Berlin, Germany. Tesla aims to do everything it can in-house, and while we recently learned the automaker has secured enough contracts with other battery makers to more than meet its battery demand, for now, the company has earned a reputation for investing in the future.

It is still unclear whether or not Tesla will produce batteries in Germany, and when for sure. However, reports suggest this should happen as early as next year, as the factory is believed to already exist and Tesla is currently working on its interior.

Tesla recently provided a presentation on battery technology in Grünheide, where he discussed his various technologies and explained 4680 cells. According to a report by the German publication BZthe folks at Tesla explained that the company no longer wanted to fit thousands of smaller lithium-ion batteries into its EV battery packs, but rather a smaller number of larger, thicker 4680 battery cells.

4680 cells would be faster and cheaper to produce, while being better for the environment. We learned, however, that Tesla would struggle to perfect and accelerate the new manufacturing process. Once the process is streamlined, the automaker should be able to use it in various battery factories it is opening around the world.

BZ reported that production at Tesla’s next battery factory in Giga Berlin is expected to start in the first quarter of 2023. The factory aims to make enough batteries for some 500,000 Tesla models a year, or about as many cars than the German plant will be. able to produce once at full capacity. At this point, Tesla is producing around 1,500 Model Y crossovers per week in Europe, so it still has a lot of work to do to get to around 10,000 per week.

The publication adds that Tesla will also start producing electric motors at the factory as early as this year. However, to date, all batteries and powertrains are sourced from China.

Do you think Tesla will start producing batteries at many of its factories around the world? Is the start of 2023 too optimistic for Giga Berlin to manufacture batteries? How fast can Tesla ramp up vehicle production in Germany? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.