Tesla has recently flown in six airplanes full of robots and equipment for the new battery production line from their German subsidiary Grohmann from Europe to the United States.
The transport of the equipment via air traffic is quite expensive, which is why most vehicle manufacturers opt for a different mode of transport. This also underlines Tesla’s urgency in getting the Model 3 production problems in check. The report cited several “people familiar with the matter”, but Tesla did not respond to outreach from the news agency.
The equipment is now going to be assembled in the Reno Gigafactory. Grohmann engineers are also tasked with installing the production line on-site. It is not clear when it will be ready for operation. Normally, it takes some time before the manufacturing robots are set up and adjusted. It is likely that the production lines will be further automated over time. CEO Elon Musk first announced in November that Tesla was planning on adding battery manufacturing capacities. As usual, the Tesla boss did not bother with the setup periods that we usually see from the automobile industry.