Eight Giant Presses for Tesla Berlin and Walmart Canada Triples Tesla Semi Order

Tesmanian reports that the Tesla Berlin factory will have eight giant casting machines for the manufacturing of Model Y.

Giga Presses are the largest high-pressure die casting machines in the world, with a clamping force of 6,100-tonne-force (60,000 kN) die casting machines for Giga Berlin. Elon Musk at Battery Day said that Tesla developed new Aluminum alloys so that the Tesla casts would not need heat treatment after pressing. The press is about 14.4 feet tall and 39 feet long. However, there appears to be more equipment added to the top and front so the whole structure looks 20 feet tall and 50 feet long.

Tobias Lindh has tweeted out schematics.

The Tesla factories are rapidly being improved. The first factory in Fremont was bought from General Motors and Toyota. It was a square-shaped factory so the assembly lines had to wind back and forth. However, the newer factories in Shanghai, Berlin and Texas are long rectangles. Vincent, Tesmanian, says the long rectangle factory enables Tesla to have Model 3 and Model Y assembly lines to be one long straight line. The side of the factories have docking bays where the parts for that part of the assembly line are delivered.

Walmart Canada Triples Tesla Semi Order to 130

Walmart Canada is tripling its orders of Tesla Semi Trucks to 130 semis. Walmart Canada wants to convert 20 percent of Walmart’s fleet to electric power by the end of 2022 and reach using 100 percent alternative power by 2028.

* Tesla Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile at Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and highway speed, significantly reducing operating costs per mile compared to diesel.
* 500 miles range allows a driver to go to their destination and back without recharging (500 mile range at maximum weight at highway speed)
* Capable of 0-60 mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load and can climb 5 percent grades at a steady 65 mph (compared to 45mph for same grade in a diesel truck)
* Regenerative braking technology recovers 98 percent of kinetic energy to the battery

Electricity would be less than half the cost of diesel for semi-trucks and maintenance would be cheaper.

China had 500,000 semi-truck sales per year and 1.2 million heavy trucks. 40-50% of China’s urban air pollution is from big trucks. If China replaces all trucks with electric semi then China would import 3 million barrels per day less oil. Global semi-truck sales can add 50-100% more revenue for Tesla and electrifying big trucks has more air pollution and environmental impact.

The US has between 150,000 to 250,000 semi-truck sales each year.

SOURCES- Tesmanian, Chicken Genius Singapore, Tesla, Tobias Lindh
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com (Brian owns shares of Tesla)