Tesla has just announced that its first all-automated building engine will be built in the U.S. This is a very exciting milestone for the automotive industry and a very significant step towards self-driving vehicles.
The Tesla Build Engine, which was designed to power the first commercial self-built Tesla electric car in 2020, will be made in Fremont, California.
The company said it will be the first automated building in the world.
The first automated build will take place in 2018, with Tesla building the engine and testing it on its own premises.
“We are incredibly excited to bring this groundbreaking technology to the U: the first fully self-autonomous building engine for an electric vehicle,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said.
The new build will be used to power Tesla’s Supercharger network, which is capable of delivering as much as 1,100 miles of range per hour to homes in Los Angeles.
It will also be used for the Tesla Semi, which will be able to carry more than 300 passengers.
Tesla also plans to make a fully automated factory in Fremond, California that will produce its Model 3, a smaller and more affordable version of the Model S sedan.
The Superchargers are being built in two parts: a battery factory in the center of the plant and a battery production facility.
Tesla will build a second battery factory on site to process its batteries for its Supercharging network.
The factory will also have the capacity to supply a full assembly line of vehicles at a time, making Tesla the first automaker in the industry to manufacture cars entirely onsite.
Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk, center, and Tesla CEO JB Straubel, left, unveil the Tesla BuildEngine.
Credit: TeslaThe company plans to begin testing the engine on its factory floor this summer.
“By the time the Superchargering network is operational, the Tesla Building Engine will be on site powering hundreds of thousands of vehicles in the next few years,” Tesla said in a statement.
Tesla is already building the first production-quality vehicle in the Supercharging network in Fremonds factory.
The Gigafactory, which would be Tesla’s new Gigafactories for vehicles that have a battery, will produce about 1 million Model 3s per year.
The production line will be powered by the company’s battery-powered battery factory.
“The Tesla Build is the first step toward our goal of being able to power every vehicle on the planet with a full, automated manufacturing facility,” Tesla’s Musk said in the company statement.
“This is the culmination of years of hard work and the most powerful manufacturing facility we have ever built.”
Tesla said it is already working with automakers to bring these cars to the market, and said it expects to build about 200 Model 3 cars a year by 2020.