The electric car manufacturer no longer wants to be dependent on battery production. The main plant in California is to be expanded to include battery production.
Tesla boss Elon Musk is driving the construction of a battery research and production facility in California, according to Reuters news agency. With the project under the name “Roadrunner”, the US electric vehicle manufacturer plans to manufacture its own car batteries after expanding its Fremont plant. This emerges from a document from the city government, which Reuters was able to see on Wednesday. Including the installation of all manufacturing facilities, the construction could be completed in about three months, according to the application.
A total of 470 employees would then be employed in the plant, 400 of them “in shifts, so that 100 employees work around the clock in production and production,” it continues. Tesl a did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
At the beginning of the week, CEO Musk had invited to a so-called “Battery Day”, a tour of the Fremont plant, for September 15th. Tesla is currently manufacturing batteries in the Giga factory in Nevada in collaboration with Panasonic. South Korea’s LG Chem and China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology also produce the most expensive component of electric vehicles for the electric car pioneer.