Tesla produced its millionth large-format 4680 battery cell in January, in response to a tweet from the corporate’s official account posted Friday.
The 4680 cells, thus far made at a facility in California, are key to Tesla’s plans to proceed boosting vary and efficiency whereas decreasing value. The title references their dimensions—46 millimeters vast by 80 millimeters lengthy. That makes them considerably bigger than Tesla’s present 2170 cells, which measure 21 millimeters vast and 70 millimeters lengthy.
The primary manufacturing automobiles to make use of the 4680 cells shall be Mannequin Y crossovers constructed at Tesla’s new Texas manufacturing facility.
Future Tesla cell will make power, energy features
Tesla has stated that the 4680 cells have about 5 occasions the power density of 2170 cells. The Mannequin Y has 4,416 cells within the 2170 format used for automobiles presently being constructed at Tesla’s Fremont, California, manufacturing facility. So if Tesla sticks with the identical capability it’ll want nicely underneath 1,000 cells per automobile. So a million 4680 cells is sufficient for greater than 1,000 Mannequin Ys.
Celebrating our one millionth 4680 cell in January pic.twitter.com/d19IPFu18u
— Tesla (@Tesla) February 18, 2022
Nonetheless, a million continues to be a small fraction of what Tesla might want to shift all Mannequin Y (and associated Mannequin 3) manufacturing to 4680 cells. Tesla delivered 296,850 Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y EVs final 12 months.
Panasonic can be reportedly readying to mass-produce the cell format for Tesla. The Japanese firm has been Tesla’s essential provider, though final 12 months its EV battery boss expressed some skepticism concerning the new format in an interview, noting that cells might be extra liable to particle contamination, which might result in fires.
Tesla had stated that the ramp-up of the brand new cell format would guarantee Semi deliveries by the tip of 2021, however in January Tesla confirmed that it, the Cybertruck, and Roadster have been all delayed to 2023.