Tesla's Secret New Battery Production Project: Roadrunner

Rumors that Tesla has been working on creating its own battery packs have circulated for months now.

Tesla may be making its own battery cells for its electric vehicles in the near future. Or at least, this is a rumor that has been circulating around for months now. 

Dubbed the Roadrunner project, Tesla's "secret project" is supposedly working on a "machine that builds the machine" strategy that would produce battery cells on a major scale. 


Cheaper battery cells on a massive scale

The price target for batteries to be able to allow electric vehicles to achieve price parity with gasoline cars without any subsidies is priced at $100 per kWh

If achieved, this number combined with mass production would open the doors to massive production numbers of affordable and high-margin EVs. 

Tesla has already partnered with Panasonic, which has led to an industry-leading battery cost, but now it looks like the automaker is reaching even further in order to create its very own battery cells. 

The rumors have stemmed from a number of Tesla-oriented matters in the past few months. For instance, Electrek previously reported that there were job postings at Tesla that fell under a new "product line" for cell manufacturing. 

Furthermore, Tesla acquired Maxwell, a supercapacitor manufacturer with some battery cell technology. 

Then, earlier this month Electrek again shared some Tesla-related news. The publication stated that Tesla was building a battery cell pilot production line in Fremont, U.S.

Now, sources have reportedly told Electrek that the project is called "Roadrunner" and that its aim is to create mass production of a new battery cell that will ultimately be more affordable, and energy-dense. 

You'll have to wait until Battery Day in April to find out, though, as this is when Tesla is rumored to share its battery-related developments.



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