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    Tesla starts mass production of new ‘2170’ battery cell at the Gigafactory, will be used in Model 3 in Q2

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    For the past year, Tesla has been guiding “by the end of the year” for the start of battery cell production at the Gigafactory. The end of the year has come and gone, but Tesla didn’t confirm the start of production.

    As it turns out, Tesla, and its battery partner Panasonic, started production of cells for qualification at the plant in December, but today, it confirmed the start of “mass production” of the new battery cell, which will enable several of Tesla’s new products, including the Model 3. more…

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    I had a feeling production started in December now we have confirmation of such. Mass production has now begun and cells for Model 3 will begin stockpiling in the second quarter.

    Now all we need is an update on the production line at Fremont and we should start seeing results this summer, provided nothing major happens!
     
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    Another piece falls into place.

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    Can someone explain what is so special about this cell? I get that it is for the Model 3, but will it be used for future Models? Also, what's so new about it? :|
     
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    Chances are everything will be moved over to it. The cell in the Model S is pretty much capped out. You can't get much more energy into a pack then they're already getting with the P100D. It's 4 years of chemistry and density improvements and it's designed to be mass produced cheaply. Will enable the Model 3 to be a cheaper (base) car. I'd expect a refresh to the Model S in 2018 with the new cell and features. Need to keep spearhead competition from Lucid and (maybe) Faraday thats coming in the luxury sedan market.
     
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    Ahh makes sense. Good foresight Brian. Good thinking hahah. Thank you.
     

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