Tesla’s Giga Press supplier IDRA Group has been teasing an all-new 9,000 ton Giga Press over the last few weeks, and will officially unveil the massive machine at an open house in Italy next week.
There was a lot of speculation that the new Giga Press was for Tesla, given that Tesla has also previously said it would be ordering an 8,000 ton Giga Press for the Cybertruck, and IDRA has even shown it off in a video last year.
It is also painted in the automaker’s signature red and white colours like its other Giga Press machines currently in use.
After the company released a video today showing the 9,000 ton Giga Press being assembled ahead of the event next week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed it will be delivered to Giga Texas and be used to produce the Cybertruck body.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2022
It is unclear what changed that Tesla had to increase the specifications of the Giga Press from 8 tons to 9 tons. They currently have several 6 ton Giga Press machines installed at their factories to produce the front and rear unibody castings for the Model Y.
With the unveiling of the machine next week, it will then take several more months to deconstruct it, prepare it for shipping, and then finally reassemble it at Giga Texas. Given that timeline, there is a good chance that Tesla is on track to begin production in 2023 as claimed by Musk most recently at the Cyber Rodeo.
We will no doubt learn more about this new Giga Press during the open house event next week, and we’ll be sure to bring you all the details then.
You can watch the video of the new Giga Press being assembled below.