Tesla is showing its customers and the world a new structural battery, which consists of cylindrical cells of the latest 4680 format. The presentation was held at the Giga Berlin - Tesla's new gigafactory in Germany.
Features of the new structural battery
Aerospace innovations have inspired the head of the company, Elon Musk, to a progressive solution. We are talking about the production of wings for aircraft as fuel tanks. Similarly, the designers and engineers of the Tesla corporation decided to make a battery that works as a body structure, connecting the front underbody element with the rear one.
A distinctive feature of Tesla's innovative concept is that the battery pack is used as a vehicle platform, and the batteries also help to strengthen the structural platform, making it a single whole.
During the presentation of the innovative development, Elon Musk noted that the new structural battery will begin to be mass-produced in 2022 at a factory in Germany.
Founder Tesla emphasized during his speech: “The design of the car is an important component. Its efficiency and productivity are fundamental indicators. For this reason, Tesla has made every effort to improve and improve the design of its vehicles. ”
In 2020, at Battery Day, Tesla representatives have already talked about improving the design of their own cars due to the new battery architecture.
Radical approach: what has been achieved?
Cells 4680 are new battery cells that Tesla began production in California, where the company's experimental plant is located. Read about the correct diagnosis and maintenance of Tesla batteries at Loki .
The new form factor of Tesla batteries has reduced the total weight of the battery, while the density of individual battery cells has significantly increased. It is planned that the new cells will be part of the car structure. This will improve the efficiency of the battery by reducing the number of redundant elements inside the structure.
The chassis will have two one-piece molded parts at the front and rear, and the battery will be placed in the middle. Thus, not only will the productivity of the vehicle increase, but also the production process itself will become much easier.