Oct. 10 (UPI) — Electric car maker Tesla’s 4680 battery manufacturing plant appears to be operating 7×24 hours a day, according tomedia reports. At Battery Day on September 22 this year, Tesla unveiled a new 4680 battery. The 46mm diameter, 80mm in length, a six-fold increase in power output, a 16 per cent increase in range and a 14 per cent drop in cost per kilowatt-hour could make Tesla’s cars as cheap as petrol cars.
Tesla says the battery’s overall energy density is five times higher than the 2170 cylindrical batteries currently used in models Model 3 and Model Y.
Tesla plans to produce the new battery at its pilot plant in Carto Road, Fremont, and plans to produce 10 GWh a year by the end of 2021.
At the time, however, Tesla executives noted that it would take some time to achieve that goal because the company’s Kato Road plant was not yet operational.
Recently, however, a Tesla owner said the plant appeared to be running at full capacity. He tweeted that the plant appeared to be operating at a 24/7 pace, 24/7.
Tesla’s plant on Kato Road is reported to be 184,880 square feet. When fully operational, it will be the world’s 13th-largest battery production plant, producing a quarter of today’s Nevada superstring.
Media say Tesla’s pilot battery line could produce enough 4680 batteries for the company’s next generation of small-volume cars, such as the Model S Plaid and Model X, as well as the new Roadster sports car. Model S Plaid is now accepting orders and will begin delivering to customers by the end of 2021.
Tesla is understood to have unveiled the Model S Plaid at battery day, which features three electric motors (more than 1,100 horsepower) with a range of more than 520 miles (836 kilometers), a top speed of 200 miles (320 kilometers) and a speed of less than two seconds per 100 kilometers, priced at $139.99 million.
Tesla is currently building plants in Berlin and Texas, expanding in China, and is working on its own batteries. At the same time, the company is working to ensure that car deliveries reach record levels every quarter and continue to make profits.