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Tesla To Build Model Y 4680 Packs In Texas & Ship Them To Giga Berlin Due To Delays

Insider sources have revealed, Tesla is considering building 4680 packs that will go into the made in Germany Model Y, in Giga Texas, and shipping them to Giga Berlin.

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Tesla is currently in the process of building two brand new factories in two continents - Giga Berlin and Giga Texas. That is in addition to significant expansion work being undertaken at Giga Shanghai and new factories being considered in Karnataka India and Indonesia.

Giga Berlin began its construction several months ahead of Giga Texas however, bureaucratic bottlenecks, environmental groups’ objections, and overall slower regulatory framework in Germany threaten to derail Giga Berlin’s start date.

Giga Berlin’s production start date has already been pushed back from July to the end of this year. That is despite strong support from the Brandenburg State PM, Brandenburg State Environmental Agency, and Economic Minister

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And now, a report quoting inside sources from Tesla suggests, Giga Texas has progressed so far ahead of Giga Berlin that the EV maker is considering building the company’s newest 4680 packs, which are planned to go into the made in Germany Model Ys, in Giga Texas and shipping them to Giga Berlin.

In our previous report, based on Elon Musk’s tweet, we believe there is a good chance that Giga Berlin Model Y will have a 474-mile range, improved performance, and superior handling.

According to the report shared by @SawyerMerritt and initially obtained by @TroyTeslike, even though Tesla is considering shipping 4680 packs from Texas to Giga Berlin, the EV maker has yet to make a final decision.

According to the inside source, one reason for the uncertain Giga Berlin start date is that Tesla is dealing with lawsuits in Germany by legacy automakers related to employees switching to Tesla. The source said, "They do everything to delay Berlin."

According to Germany’s laws, companies have the right to sue employees if they join a competitor before 2 years have elapsed since they left their post.

This is in addition to several lawsuits brought up by environmental groups to stop Giga Berlin. Brandenburg Economic Minister Jorg Steinbach has questioned the motivation behind Bavarian environmental groups' objection to Giga Berlin.

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Bavarian State is home to the largest automakers in Germany such as BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. However, Steinbach has stopped short of accusing the Bavarian automakers of having a hand in the Giga Berlin environmental lawsuits.

Despite all the roadblocks, according to the insider source, Tesla still plans to start production at Giga Berlin this December. However, the likelihood that the Giga Berlin battery plant will finish construction in time to supply the first batch of Model Ys remains uncertain.

As usual, Tesla hasn’t publicly commented on its future plans. However, we will be sure to keep you up to date as more information comes out regarding Tesla’s Giga Berlin and Giga Texas. Make sure to visit our site regularly for the latest updates.

So what do you think? Do you believe Giga Texas will begin production before Giga Berlin? Also, what do you think about the regulatory frameworks in Texas and Germany? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.

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DeanMcManis (not verified)    July 19, 2021 - 11:25AM

It seems more like a statement intending to shame the German officials for allowing frivilous bureaucratic delays to slow construction, and promote the progress of Giga Texas. Why wouldn't Tesla produce the 4680 batteries for Germany at the working Kato road (Fremont) 4680 battery factory? I am certain that the "environmental" delays are backed by all of the industries that will lose business when Tesla starts building EVs in Germany. Including all of the European automakers and oil companies.

tangible (not verified)    July 19, 2021 - 12:58PM

can't wait to see the response from safety regulators.
Lithium battery packs flown to Berlin? THAT can't be a problem????
Tesla won't be happy when told to put the 4680 packs on SHIPS, and wait 2-3 weeks for delivery to GigaBerlin.