Tesla to Receive 2nd 9,000-Ton Giga Press in Texas for Cybertruck Production

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Tesla is set to receive several shipments from Idra Group Italy containing a second 9,000-ton Giga Press, headed to the company’s Texas Gigafactory, according to a bill of lading posted by the user greggertruck on the CybetruckOwnersClub forum.

The shipment documents reveal two containers with a total weight of 58,863 pounds were sent from Italy to the Port of Houston, with the goods being labeled as “die-casting machines, die-casting machine parts” and the recipient being Tesla, Inc.

Other bills of lading show several crates containing things like “machine base,” “tie bars” and “fixed platen,” leading us to believe these are parts of a soon-to-be-installed second Giga Press in Texas.

Additionally, two short videos posted about a month ago on Idra’s official LinkedIn page show what appears to be the Giga Press in question, with one description reading “GigaPress needs giga assembly. Everyone working hard to deliver on time with a successful project.”

Idra Group previously delivered another Giga Press in Asia. The first Texas-bound Giga Press, which will be partly responsible for creating the body panels of the upcoming Cybertruck, was spotted at the factory in the middle of January when workers were seen assembling the world’s largest aluminum die-casting machine. 

Back then, a flyover video from a drone operator led us to believe that the Texas Gigafactory has enough room for up to three Giga Presses. Now we’re seeing Tesla is on its way to equipping the facility with a second massive die-casting machine and getting ready for the production start of the highly anticipated Cybertruck.

As a reminder, Tesla’s electric pickup truck will enter limited production this summer, with an expected ramp-up in production in 2024, according to CEO Elon Musk. As for the truck’s specs, it’s been confirmed it will feature the latest Hardware 4 computer, and several videos posted online suggest the Cybertruck will have an adaptive air suspension system.

We thank InsideEVs for reprint permission.

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