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Elon Musk says Tesla will not start production of high volume battery cells until 2022, affecting Cybertruck, Semi, and Roadster

Elon Musk confirmed today that the “high volume” production of Tesla’s battery cell will not start until 2022 and will therefore affect the Cybertruck, Tesla Semi, and Roadster programs mostly.
Tesla is going to hold its Battery Day tomorrow, an event where it is expected that the automaker will announce its plan to build a massive scale of its own battery cell. As Electrek reported last week, Tesla is currently building a pilot production line for its latest battery cell in Fremont and it is building new equipment as it learns from this pilot line.
“Tesla is currently building a pilot production line to produce those cells in volume in Fremont. Tesla Grohmann, the company’s automation group, is currently building the machines for higher-volume production based on what they are learning from the pilot line, according to a source familiar with the matter.”
Volume production is, therefore, not required for a little while.
Given that the new battery cell is supposed to dramatically boost the efficiency of its vehicles, concerns about the introduction of the new cells by Tesla were posed because the automaker typically does not disclose updates to its current vehicle lineups until they are available.
Now Elon Musk has explained the situation, saying that output of “high volume” will not occur until 2022, and it will be for the Tesla in particular. Vehicle programs from Semi, Cybertruck and Roadster.
“Important note about Tesla Battery Day unveil tomorrow. This affects long-term production, especially Semi, Cybertruck & Roadster, but what we announce will not reach serious high-volume production until 2022.”
Musk also reported that Tesla expects to continue buying batteries from its current suppliers and also from other future suppliers:
After its Shareholders ‘ Meeting, which begins at 1:30PM Pacific time, Tesla will hold its battery event tomorrow.
“We intend to increase, not reduce battery cell purchases from Panasonic, LG & CATL (possibly other partners too). However, even with our cell suppliers going at maximum speed, we still foresee significant shortages in 2022 & beyond unless we also take action ourselves.”

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