The Model Y is a mid-range SUV based on the T esla Model 3. Production is scheduled to start in 2021, but the first prototypes are already driving through California. Tesla's partner in battery production is the Japanese electronics group Panasonic. The Japanese expect a battery shortage at the start of production of the Model Y. There seems to be tension between Panasonic and Tesla - Panasonic recently announced that it would stop its investments in the further expansion of the Tesla Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. This is where the manufacturer builds its batteries. Tesla was not enthusiastic about this, but decided to first use the existing systems more intensively. However, it seems to be Panasonic's investment freeze that is jeopardizing a possible ramp-up of battery production.
Gigafactory 1 is weak in cell production
Tesla boss Elon Musk had to confirm after the Panasonic investment stop that the Japanese were in the process of producing battery cells with a storage battery had invested a capacity of 35 gigawatt hours, but the factory currently only emits cells with a total capacity of 23 gigawatt hours. In his last profit report, Panasonic boss Kazuhiro Tsuga affirmed that the capacity had to be increased to 35 gigawatt hours this year.
Tsuga emphasized at theBusiness news service Bloomberg that you have to talk to Tesla because battery production for the upcoming Model Y is not secured. In addition, Tesla has not yet announced who will take over battery production for the Model 3, which will be built in the future Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai from the end of this year.