With just hours left before the end of the year, it looks like Tesla won’t meet their goal of starting production at Giga Texas in 2021.
However, it appears as though they will be wasting no time in opening the doors in 2022 as production is rumoured to be starting next week.
The information comes from workers at the new factory who spoke with drone operator Joe Tegtmeyer today. Tegtmeyer has uncovered a number of construction milestones and important deliveries in his near daily flyovers in Austin.
According to the source, Tegtmeyer says Giga Texas is already producing cars that are being driven around inside the massive factory.
In addition, the source said “several” cars have already been shipped out of state for crash and other validation testing prior in order to get the go ahead for production to begin.
If true, the first cars rolling off the production line will feature the current 2170 cells. Although the automaker has already installed 4680 battery cell production equipment at the site, they are not ready to include the next-generation cells in new cars.
As a result, they will also not feature structural battery packs, despite the sighting of a Model Y body with no floor last week.
Breaking: A bit of news I just heard at the site today… actual production for Giga Texas starts next week! They are driving finished cars inside the factory already and several completed cars are already at testing sites out of state getting crash and other testing completed.
— Joe Tegtmeyer 🚀 🌔🪐 (@JoeTegtmeyer) December 31, 2021