Tesla shifts battery pack assembly from Thailand to the U.S.
The 6,831 lithium ion cells in each pack are sourced from suppliers in Taiwan and will now be shipped directly to the U.S. where the packs are being assembled. Cars for U.S. delivery are being shipped from England sans energy storage system which gets installed when the cars land here. Once the cars arrive in the U.S., the battery is installed. Similarly, when European deliveries begin next year, the packs will be installed locally prior to delivery. With the current slow assembly rate, the packs are being assembled at the San Carlos headquarters. As production ramps up, they will likely move that process to a larger facility.
[Source: Wall Street Journal, Tesla Motors]
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