A report from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) this week caused excitement and confusion among the media and politicians, especially in Germany. Tesla “stopped” its plans to make batteries in the US at the German Gigafactory business newsletter written on Wednesday, which was taken to sometimes more dramatic totals in several other reports. Brandenburg’s economics minister, Jörg Steinbach, in turn reassured that neither the German battery machines nor the German workers for them were affected by the new American preference. But according to a YouTuber who knew of Tesla’s plans before the WSJ and arguably knew about the rest of the outside world, that’s also not entirely true.
YouTuber With Internal Tesla Mail
Already this Tuesday, the Electrified Channel, which mainly deals with Tesla, reported on this topic in an internal e-mail. Since the new Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) creates a huge opportunity for battery production in the United States, it will be “accelerated with all the resources” at the Gigafactory in Texas. YouTuber. According to Tesla management wrote to the employees, On the other hand, it meant a “temporary delay” for the production of batteries at the German Gigafactory.
Despite the channel’s nearly 86,000 subscribers, the news did not spread, and Wednesday’s WSJ report, which contained less concrete information, was largely a surprise. The Brandenburg Ministry of Economic Affairs said in a response that preliminary information including a Possible re-prioritization of individual process steps at Tesla in Grunheide To get. Minister Steinbach reiterated himself on Thursday at the Tagspigel that a change in battery schedules could not be ruled out, but that the expansion of both equipment and personnel would remain unaffected.
Grunheide. Instead of Battery Machines for Texas
about the same RBB reported on Friday Citing Tesla’s environment, but with the added twist that the company wants to not only continue building its German battery factory, but also accelerate it. On the other hand, it was stated that the rapid ramp-up in Texas should be supported even with personnel who would otherwise have worked on it in Germany.
So the situation remained confusing, but on Friday Electrified published another video in which they quoted additional details from the Tesla Mail – and corrected German media reports on this basis. Contrary to the statement from the Minister of Economic Affairs, the battery expansion in Grunheide is not continuing as planned, the YouTuber points out, and he cannot confirm that nothing has changed in the personnel plan. Steinbach’s statement is certainly correct, that Tesla does not want to destroy any machines for battery production that have already been installed in Grunheide and ship them to the USA. But technology that hasn’t yet been unpacked or delivered, according to Electrified, may very well have been diverted to Texas now.
German Tesla factory to supply electrodes
Nevertheless, the illustration that Tesla is continuing with batteries in Germany and perhaps even faster than previously planned appears to be true: “Commissioning and ramping up of electrode production continues at full speed,” internal e-mails The electrified quote under the subtitle “What will we do in Berlin”. However, the battery added value at the German Gigafactory site must initially end with the electrodes: these must then be sent to Texas and used there only for the production of the battery. Companies in America will be able to do it from 2023 $35 per kilowatt hour of battery production via IRA tax credit And get another $10 for the battery pack.
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