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Tesla wants to build battery cells in Texas alongside Cybertrucks

Tesla wants to build battery cells in Texas alongside Cybertrucks

  • Tesla may be planning to build batteries at its forthcoming Texas factory.
  • In documents filed to the state’s Commission on Environmental Quality, the company mentions a proposal for cell production.
  • Last month, CEO Elon Musk said Tesla found new innovations to bring down the cost of producing batteries while integrating them inside of its cars more efficiently. 
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Tesla may be planning to build battery cells alongside Cybertrucks and other vehicles at its newest factory, set to open in 2021.

Documents filed with the state’s Commission on Environmental Quality, first reported by the Austin Business Journal, cite battery cell manufacturing among activities to occur at the 2,100-acre site near Austin.

“The facility is proposing to operate a cell-manufacturing unit to produce the battery packs that are installed in the vehicle,” one of the permit applications first spotted by Bloomberg says.

In recent months, Tesla has touted significant advancements in its battery technology and expressed interest in building batteries alongside cars, instead of at separate factories. The company will continue to buy cells from its partners as well, including Panasonic and LG Chem.

Chief executive Elon Musk said last month that the company was “starting to ramp up manufacturing” at a pilot line in Fremont, California, its main US car factory. The new processes and chemistry should help cut costs while increasing total power output, Tesla has said.

There are also likely cost savings in the move to more closely integrate battery cells inside the vehicles’ architecture, instead of in a separately installed unit. Musk compared this change to the fuel tanks on an airplane, which are part of the wing instead of distinct units.

Some of these new methods will also be used in Germany, where Tesla’s making progress on its first European car

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Musk says Tesla to use new batteries, tech at Berlin factory; flags production risk

Musk says Tesla to use new batteries, tech at Berlin factory; flags production risk

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Wednesday the company will produce Model Y with a new structural battery design and technology at its Berlin factory next year and that could result in a “significant production risk”.

The U.S. electric carmaker plans to manufacture a new version of its Model Y crossover vehicle, and possibly even battery cells at the site. Last month, Musk said that Tesla will use its Germany-based plant to demonstrate a radical overhaul of how its cars are built.

The company plans to start the production of Model Y at Gigafactory Berlin during the second half of 2021.

Tesla’s new battery cell – a larger cylindrical format called 4680 that can store more energy and is easier to make – is key to achieving the goal of cutting battery costs in half and ramping up battery production nearly 100-fold by 2030.

The company’s new structural battery pack requires the new 4680 battery cells in order to work.

Musk said on Wednesday that it will take about two years for Tesla factories in Fremont and Shanghai to embrace the new technology.

“Fremont and Shanghai will transition in 2 years when new tech is proven,” Musk said in a tweet https://bit.ly/2I8Gam3.

The company said last week that it delivered 139,300 vehicles in the third quarter, a quarterly record for the electric carmaker.

Tesla’s delivery push has been supported by its new Shanghai factory, the only plant currently producing vehicles outside California, as it is also building a new vehicle and battery manufacturing facility near Berlin.

(Reporting by Sabahatjahan Contractor and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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