Crews at Giga Texas have been working at a feverish pace to have the factory open before the end of the year. While from the outside it still looks far away from completion, the interior is a different story with manufacturing equipment already installed and up and running.
The first Model Y manufactured entirely at Giga Texas rolled off the production line in late August.
Now crews will be preparing to install equipment that will mark a huge milestone for the company.
Captured early this morning by drone operator Jeff Roberts, two trucks with 4680 battery cell production equipment arrived on site.
The boxes on the back of the semi-trailers were conveniently marked ‘ANODE LINE 1’ and ‘CATHODE LINE 1’, giving us a big clue about what was inside.
The arrival of the equipment doesn’t necessarily mean that the first cars built at Giga Texas will also have 4680 cells built at the same factory.
During the company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders last month, CEO Elon Musk said they won’t achieve “high-level production” of both vehicles and the 4680 cells at Giga Texas until the end of next year.
He did say though that their pilot production facility on Kato Rd is producing enough cells to scale Model Y production at Giga Texas.
This likely means the first 4680 cells to be included in cars will come from Kato Rd, and not Giga Texas, but this is a good sign they are on track to reach their targets.