Tesla is planning to expand its Gigafactory Shanghai with recycling facilities for electric car components, according to a media report. This will involve not only batteries, but also electric motors and other important components.
According to Reuters, this emerges from documents submitted to the local authorities. The planned facilities are to enable Tesla to “repair and reproduce important components such as electric motors and battery cells”.
Details on the recycling processes and the capacities of the plant are not revealed in the report – moreover, it is not known which components besides batteries and motors are to be reprocessed there. Tesla did not respond to a Reuters request for comment on the information.
According to Reuters, this will be an extension of Giga Shanghai, not an independent recycling plant. In addition to the vehicle plant, Tesla also operates another plant in Shanghai where charging systems are manufactured for the Chinese market.
The report goes on to say that Tesla also plans to increase capacity for vehicle frames and electric motor control units as part of the localisation of its supply chains. However, figures on this capacity expansion – and possible impact on vehicle production – are not known.
Tesla had presented its business figures for the first quarter on Monday evening, noting a quarterly record profit of 438 million dollars. In the quarterly report, Tesla stated that the production rate of the Model Y in the Giga Shanghai continued to increase. Production at the US vehicle plant in Fremont is also said to be approaching maximum capacity.