Yesterday we reported that Musk was visiting Gigafactory Berlin.
In a media melee, the CEO said he expects Tesla to start production at the plant towards the end of the year, which is behind the original July 2021 schedule.
Musk also complained about the German bureaucracy, which has yet to give the automaker the approval it needs to start production.
After a full day in Germany, Musk pleaded with Tesla Gigafactory Berlin suppliers to step up their efforts:
At the same time, the CEO said Tesla has even stricter engineering standards for the new Model Y:
“Aim for extreme precision with the next-generation Model Y – microns, not millimeters.”
The CEO said he is reviewing “all aspects of the Next Generation Model Y production system with the team” and is pleased with the talent.
The Model Y that will be produced at Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Texas will be equipped with the manufacturer’s new structural battery technology, enabled by its new 4680 battery cell unveiled at Battery Day last year.
In addition to the new battery pack, Tesla is expected to make other improvements to the next-gen Model Y.
For example, Tesla uses the new structural battery pack to attach large front and rear underbody pieces to create a simple three-part underbody for the entire vehicle.
Yesterday we reported that Tesla was producing the first full front molding part for the Model Y in Texas.
The automaker is also expected to make other improvements to the vehicle design besides the new battery structure, which is expected to lose weight and make the Model Y more efficient.
Gigafactory Berlin is expected to be the first production site for the new Model Y, but now it looks like Gigafactory Texas is quickly catching up.
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