Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Not only firing employees – Tesla is losing faith in gigacasting

It was heralded as a revolution in the automotive industry. But now Tesla has apparently lost faith in gigacasting, which they otherwise pioneered.

Tesla had big plans.

In fact, the plans were so big that the competitors got scared and bought the American car brand's partners under Tesla's nose.

But now Tesla has allegedly lost faith that there is something to be gained by manufacturing cars in the so-called gigacasting.

This is written by the Reuters news agency.

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With gigacasting, it must otherwise be possible to cast entire cars – or most of them – in one and the same workflow. But now Tesla has apparently shelved the project.

However, gigacasting is no more dead in Tesla's world than the car brand continuing with the technique on a smaller scale. This means, for example, that Model Y will continue to have entire subframes stuffed in that way.

But when Tesla rolls back the larger plans, according to two sources that Reuters spoke to, it is because they do not dare to accept the risk associated with the rollout of gigacasting on a large scale.

In addition, the method is simply too untested and too uncertain for Tesla to put the speed of the assembly lines at risk in the event of a failure.

Tesla's gigacasting is not flawless either. Huh

Many Model Y owners have already complained about cars hitting giant cracks. Read more about it here .

However, Tesla's manufacturing methods are not the only thing that is disappearing. A gearbox that German ZF built for BMW all the way back in 1991 does the same.

Toyota is the last to have the gearbox on the programme. And even that will soon be over when the current 4Runner rolls off the assembly line. Read more about it here .

Read more exciting news from and about the world of cars right here!


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