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Tesla reportedly scales back plans for single-piece car body casting.

According to Reuters, which cited two people with knowledge of the issue, Tesla’s ambitious plans to fabricate the underbody of its vehicles into a single piece—a technique known as gigacasting—have been placed on hold. It was just another indication that, as it battled to adjust to declining sales and diminishing earnings, the corporation was backing off from some of its previously announced ambitions.

Automakers typically assemble the underbody from hundreds of separate sections. To produce the entire underbody in a single piece, however, Tesla has been a pioneer in the use of massive presses for die-casting big parts. The objective was to significantly lower manufacturing costs while also streamlining the process.

Additionally, Tesla has pushed a manufacturing technique it calls “unboxed,” in which components are placed together after being produced in certain sections of a factory. It was stated that the procedure would cut expenses in half and speed up the construction of cars.

However, Reuters reports that the company is now sticking with the same manufacturing process used for its Model Y crossover and Cybertruck vehicles, in which the underbody is assembled from three sections: a mid-section made of steel and aluminium that houses the battery, and front and rear gigacasted sections.

The announcement is the most recent downturn in Tesla’s rollercoaster ride, which began at the beginning of the year when CEO Elon Musk spoke of slower sales due to heightened competition in the company’s two primary markets, the US and China. Since then, the company has let go of almost ten percent of its global workers, lost a number of high-ranking executives, and released earnings that were below the worst-case estimates of several Wall Street analysts.

A lot of anticipation was around the company’s upcoming low-cost electric vehicle, dubbed the $25,000 “Model 2.” However, Reuters revealed last month that Musk had abandoned the idea in favour of investing the business’s resources in a robotaxi that is completely self-sufficient.

Since then, Tesla has reiterated its intention to produce EVs at lower prices, although Musk remained mum about many details during the business’ most recent earnings call. Tesla stated in its Q1 report that its upcoming models “will be able to be produced on the same manufacturing lines as our current vehicle lineup and will utilise aspects of the next generation platform as well as aspects of our current platforms.”

It remained unclear if the more economical cars would be lower-end iterations of the Model 3 and Y or a completely new car.

When asked about Tesla’s gigacasting advances in regard to its goals for more reasonably priced EVs and whether he was concerned that his Chinese rivals would steal the method, Musk turned the conversation to his favourite topic, autonomy.

He said, “We should be viewed as an AI robotics company.” It’s simply the incorrect foundation if you view Tesla as an automaker.


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