Tesla wants to equip the Model Y which will roll off the production line at the upcoming Gigafactory in Texas, with the new 4680 battery cells right from the start. There are also reports that up to 20,000 vehicles cannot be delivered because of a missing part.
In Texas, it was initially not clear which batteries the Model Y built in Austin would have. According to the 2020 annual report, Tesla is aiming to produce and deliver the first vehicles in Giga Texas at the end of 2021. This timeline raised speculation as to whether the Model Ys built in Texas could initially rely on the 2170 cells from Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, as used in the Model 3 and Model Y from Fremont.
When asked whether 2170 cells or 4680 cells would be used, Elon Musk replied on Twitter: “4680”. Musk did not specify in his monosyllabic answer where these cells are to come from by the end of 2021 and how many Tesla plans to produce.
Meanwhile, Electrek reports that the electric car manufacturer is currently struggling with delivery problems. According to the report, 10,000 to 20,000 Model 3 and Model Y cars produced at the Fremont plant cannot yet be delivered because an unknown part is missing.
The necessary rework is expected to be minor, as Tesla still transports the vehicles to the delivery centres and does not keep them at the factory. The repair will therefore be carried out on site. Nevertheless, the delivery stop will probably not remain without consequences: The rework on the vehicles that cannot be delivered will tie up service capacities, and delivery logistics will also be affected towards the end of the quarter.
As Electrek reports, the number of affected vehicles could rise further, as there is still no solution for the repair or a timetable for it. There is no known production stop, so more vehicles are being produced in stockpiles every day.
In Europe, Tesla is preparing to launch in two more countries regardless. A few days ago, the configurator was activated in Hungary and Romania.