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Visits and contacts between Herbert Diess, CEO of the VW Group, and Elon Musk, the man at the head of Tesla, are regular and are also known. the good relationship and mutual respect that unites them, despite healthy competition in the electric vehicle market. Diess traveled to Austin, Texas to attend the South by Southwest film festival, which wraps up there today, where one of the side events was the U.S. premiere of the new ID.Buzz, Electric Bread. The German manager took advantage of the trip to visit one of his friend Musk’s new factories on the outskirts of Austin, Diess being impressed.
After his foray into what Tesla calls the Texas gigafactory, Herbert Diess said in one of his posts on LinkedIn that “Elon’s new factory, which he calls the machine that produces another machine, is impressive: it is 1.2 km long and 400 meters wide, all under one roof, without the need for the production logistics from battery cells to final assembly. Once in office, he must establish new landmarks”.
Then the CEO of Volkswagen AG welcomes the fact that VW has decided to “build a new factory in Wolfsburg, because without it it would be impossible to compete”. Here, in reference to the redesign of the historic factory in Wolfsburg, to soon accommodate the new vehicles of the Trinity family, for which VW’s strategy involves the adoption of megacasts similar to those that Tesla already uses in its factories in Berlin, Texas and Shanghai, with some advances in the production chain, which is more integrated and less dependent on suppliers. The Wolfsburg plant should start in 2026, with a production capacity of 250,000 units/year.
Tesla is in the process of starting mass production in three factories (Berlin, Texas and Shanghai), all new and each with the capacity to produce 500,000 units/year, having meanwhile updated the Fremont line in California. All integrating cell production for batteries, the new cylindrical 4680, and vehicle manufacturing.