In Germany, Tesla continues to focus on battery production but wants to prioritise the USA first because of the prospect of extensive US government subsidies. Battery production in Texas is to be ramped up sooner than planned, but in at Giga Berlin in Grünheide later than planned.
The company made this clear to partners in the Grünheide region near Berlin on Friday, responding to rumours to that effect. The German news agency DPA-AFX reported that Tesla would ideally like to ramp up both battery factories as soon as possible.
The brief report also says that the rapid ramp-up of battery production in Austin could also be supported “with the supply of parts and with engineers” from Germany. Earlier, the Wall Street Journal had reported that Tesla was planning to transport ordered cell production machines to the US that were originally intended for use in the German factory. According to insiders quoted in the report, the project for Germany is to be paused for the moment.
It is still unclear exactly how long the latest rescheduling will delay the start of battery production at Giga Berlin. Most recently, after a Tesla information event about the expansion of the plant in Grünheide, it was speculatively said that battery production there would start in the first quarter of 2023. The building for battery production has already been erected and work on the interior of the building is currently underway. So far, no production machines have been sighted at the plant.
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