How Tesla is reinventing car production with its “giga presses”

Posted Apr 7, 2022, 1:30 PMUpdated on Apr 7, 2022, 2:00 PM

Elon Musk is not content with simply revolutionizing the automobile. The world pioneer of the electric car is also becoming a noted innovator in the industrial field: for the past two years it has been using “giga presses” to build its cars – an advance studied with attention by many manufacturers, such as Mercedes and Volvo. “Tesla is totally reinventing car factories and the way cars are made,” Morgan Stanley analysts wrote last October.

Introduced in 2020 at the historic Fremont factory in California to produce the Model Y, these giant presses, the size of a small house, are now present in all of the American firm’s assembly plants – in Shanghai, Berlin , and Austin. They make it possible to manufacture the entire rear part of the chassis at once, by injecting a molten aluminum alloy into a giant mold, then subjected to a pressure of 6,100 tonnes.

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