Tesla Plans for European-produced Semi in Addition to Next-Gen Vehicle at Giga Berlin

By Kevin Armstrong
Semi Production in Germany
Semi Production in Germany
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According to a report in the Handelsblatt, during a quick trip to Tesla’s Germany operations, Elon Musk stated, “I think it makes sense to produce the semi-truck in Europe at Giga Berlin.” With that, the semi-truck production appears to have a plan for the long-awaited ramp-up. This is in addition to the already planned “Redwood” European production.

Giga Berlin's New Role in Tesla's Expansion

The choice of Giga Berlin as the production site for the Tesla Semi is strategic, considering the factory's capacity and the region's central location within Europe. With the facility initially focused on Model Y production, the addition of the Tesla Semi represents a meaningful expansion of Tesla's manufacturing capabilities on the continent. This move is aligned with the company's broader objective to increase the factory's output and further solidify its presence in the European market.

The decision also comes while the European trucking sector increasingly leans towards decarbonization, spurred by stringent CO2 reduction targets and a collective drive towards sustainability. Introducing the Tesla Semi to the European market is anticipated to profoundly impact the transportation sector, offering a viable, environmentally friendly alternative to diesel trucks.

Tesla Semi's Journey to European Production

The electric semi-truck was first introduced in 2017 and is currently in pilot production in Nevada. After a big publicity splash with Pepsi-Co, the first company to sign on to purchase the Semis, news about the big truck has been fairly quiet. However, early reports suggest the Semi boasts impressive features such as superior range, charging efficiency, and performance capabilities, which have been proven in real-world tests and operations by early adopters. These attributes make the Tesla Semi a compelling option for companies looking to reduce their carbon footprint and operational costs.

The Semi isn’t the only new product that’s been discussed in Germany. Last year, during a visit to the facility, Musk said the next-generation car, which is now known as “Redwood,” would be built at Giga-Berlin. However, the timeline for this development is hard to nail down, as Tesla has recently made it clear that it’s all hands on deck to get the car manufactured at the Austin plant.

Musk's recent visit to the Giga Berlin came after an arson attack temporarily disrupted the factory's operations, highlighting the CEO's hands-on approach in steering the company through challenges. Despite the setback caused by the attack, Tesla's quick recovery. Tesla employees rallied outside the facility to support the company against the “environmental” terrorist attacks. Giga Berlin exemplifies the company's robust response mechanism to unforeseen events, ensuring that its ambitious production goals remain on track.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
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Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
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Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

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