Official: Tesla Submits Plans For Battery Plant At Giga Berlin

It's expected to produce 4680-type cylindrical cells for Europe.

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According to the latest news from Germany, Tesla has officially submitted the amended application documents to include battery production at Giga Berlin in Grünheide near Berlin.

It's not a surprise, as Tesla hinted at a very large battery plant at the site for quite some time. It could have a manufacturing capacity of more than 100 GWh per year, and expand to an even bigger 200-250 GWh per year at a later stage.

As we know that Tesla is working on in-house developed 4680 cylindrical cells, that are supposed to be integrated with vehicle structure, this is the cell type that we expect to be produced in Germany.

The Tesla Giga Berlin plant has been under construction since about a year, but still needs months before the production of Tesla Model Y will begin. At least initially the battery cells will probably be sourced from other plants - Tesla has a pilot facility for 4680 cells in California. There is also an option that at first the company will continue to use 2170-type cylindrical cells.

The official press release from the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Climate Protection (MLUK) of the State of Brandenburg says that Tesla also asked for permission for other changes at its site:

In other words, Tesla moves forward, adjusting its plans. Here is one of the latest videos from the site, as of June 2, 2021:

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