Tesla’s Battery Day event has been scheduled for Tuesday. Earlier, the event was supposed to be held in April. However, it was postponed owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. With the event closing nearer, some predictions are being made that Tesla has produced a new battery, which may help the automaker scale great heights within the EV market.
However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has notified via Twitter that the battery will not be produced on a large-scale until 2022. Musk went on to state that these new batteries would have an impact on long-term productions on Tesla’s Semi, Cybertruck, and Roadster works. He further wrote that the new batteries “will not reach serious high-volume production until 2022.”
Going by what Musk has written, it is quite obvious to predict that the batteries showcased during the event would most likely be in the initial stages. By no means would any of these new batteries be used in the present-day Tesla vehicles mass-produced, like the Model 3 or Model Y.
The reason for not increasing the battery production is as follows – Musk feels that “the extreme difficulty of scaling production of new technology is not well understood. It’s 1000% to 10,000% harder than making a few prototypes. The machine that makes the machine is vastly harder than the machine itself.”
Musk’s tweets give a clear indication that Tesla would have to rely on third-party vendors to get huge volumes of batteries to be used in their vehicles. It would continue even if, in the future, it starts to make its batteries. The CEO tweeted as follows, “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.”
It can be recalled that sometime in 2018, due to battery shortages in Panasonic, there was a big impact on Tesla’s Model 3 production.
What could happen at Tesla’s Battery Day Event?
A lot of guesses are being made about what could unfold and what announcements would be coming during Tesla’s Battery Day event—going by the previous leaks, acquisitions, patent filings, research findings as well as various tweets coming in from Musk himself point towards a possibility of Tesla announcing the latest battery technology which could probably have a higher capacity than even the third-party cells. It is possible that these batteries could be coming at a lesser price too.
Some reports have even revealed something about a “million-mile” battery, that could bring down the price of Tesla’s cars to a great extent, thereby increasing its sale. At the same time, customers could also feel that electric cars would last for a long time.
Last week, Teslarati had posted a tweet related to Tesla’s Roadrunner battery leaks while mentioning that the Tesla Battery Day would be more insane than expected. To which Musk tweeted back, saying, “It will be very insane.”
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