Elon Musk inaugurates Tesla’s ‘Giga Texas’ which, according to him, is the largest plant in the United States

Elon Musk marked the official start of production at the new plant giga texas from Tesla in Austin, saying it is the largest factory in the country for its size and will also be the largest-volume auto plant in the United States when fully operational.

Speaking to more than 1,000 guests and fans of the brand who gathered at the sprawling facility for what Tesla called a “Cyber ​​Rodeo” late Thursday, Musk said the plant will produce at least 500,000 vehicles a year by next year.

Initially, it will make the Y models, and next year the Cybertruck will go into production, along with a new version of the sporty Roadster and the Tesla Semi.

“The Model Y line will be the largest capacity, I think, of any line in the world. In fact, I’m sure it will be,” Musk told attendeeswearing a black cowboy hat, black sunglasses and a black Giga Texas t-shirt. “Half a million units a year in a single factory of one product is the largest in the world. This will be the highest volume car factory in America.”

The Texas plant is opening at a time when prospects for Musk’s company have never been brighter, as concerns about climate change and rising oil prices Petroleum drive demand for electric vehicles. When fully operational, the Austin factory — along with Tesla’s new Giga Berlin plant, its fast-growing Shanghai Gigafactory and Fremont, California plant — could give the company the capacity to build some 2 million vehicles. annually in the coming years. That’s more than double what Tesla produced in 2021.

Opening less than two years from the start of construction, the Austin facility is the second new Tesla plant in a month, following the delayed opening of Giga Berlin in March. Both facilities are an important step for an automaker that is still less than 20 years old and will likely help Tesla maintain its current status as the leading automaker. electric vehicles of the world in the immediate future.

Still, the company’s growth may be slowed this year by a shortage of computer chips. and increased competition for the raw materials needed to make batteries from rivals in the auto industry. Water is also a concern for the Austin and Berlin plants.

“At the moment, Tesla has an issue of high level of demand outstripping supply, and this issue is now translating into 5-6 month delays for Model Y’s and some Model 3’s in different parts of the world,” said Dan Ives, an equity analyst at Wedbush Securities, in a research note. “The key to alleviating these issues centers on key Giga openings in Austin and Berlin, which will alleviate Tesla’s production bottlenecks globally.”

Unlike the original Tesla plant in Fremont, which consists of several separate buildings, Giga Texas is a huge facility that houses all manufacturing operations under one roofincluding a new line of batteries that will manufacture on-site the packages for the vehicles that are built there. In all, the facility is 338 million cubic feet, or 15 city blocks, Musk said. “Equivalent to three pentagons.”

In addition to building vehicles, the billionaire businessman said the plant will also produce the robot humanoid Optimus from next year, a product that Musk has promoted frequently since he introduced it – in the form of a person in a suit of robot who danced on stage – on the day of the THE of Tesla in 2021. Although he remains optimistic about the product, analysts and experts in robotics they don’t seem to share Musk’s enthusiastic outlook.

The new multi-million dollar plant in Texas is designed for maximum efficiency and will build the vehicles using primarily three main components: a rear end made from a single casting, a battery pack that is designed as the vehicles structural landing gear and the front section also made from a single piece of metal casting.

“Just like modern aircraft, where the wing is a wing-shaped fuel tank, with the new Model Y architecture, the (battery) cells themselves carry the load. The result is a car. lighter, with fewer parts, costs less and improves crash performance, so it’s also a safety benefit,” said. “It’s a revolution in car manufacturing to basically make a car out of three main parts.”

Shares of Tesla, the world’s most valuable automaker with a market capitalization of over $1 trillionthey fell 3% to close at $1,025.49 in Nasdaq trading on Friday.

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News taken from: Forbes / Free translation from English by world energy trade

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