Tesla to open Canadian battery gear factory in Markham, Ontario – Mayor


SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 5 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc has opened a factory to produce battery-making equipment in the Canadian city of Markham, Ont., The city said on Friday, as the automaker ramps up production of a cheaper and high-end 4680 battery. cells.

In 2019, the American automaker acquired Canadian company Hibar, which makes pumps used in the high-speed battery assembly that Tesla is introducing for its new 4680 cells.

“I am delighted to share that Tesla Canada is joining our already strong automotive and technology ecosystem by establishing a manufacturing facility in the City of Markham,” City Mayor Frank Scarpitti said on Twitter.

“The plant will be the first Tesla Canada brand manufacturing facility in Canada and will produce advanced manufacturing equipment that will be used in Gigafactories located around the world for battery production. “

City official Bryan Frois told Reuters that the Markham facility opened this summer, marking the expansion of another site in nearby Richmond Hill.

Tesla did not immediately comment on the mayor’s tweet. Last year, Tesla senior vice president Andrew Baglino told Battery Day that his “vertical integration” with Hibar and others would allow them to build batteries faster and increase battery life. production of its 4,680 battery cells.

Baglino said last month that Tesla would start delivering its first vehicles with 4,680 batteries early next year, but added that “this is a new architecture and unknown unknowns may still exist.”

Tesla is currently building the 4680 cells at its pilot plant in California and plans to begin production at its upcoming plants in Texas and Berlin.

(A city official specifies that the factory has already opened and that she has no plans to open)

Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by David Gregorio

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