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.
Fabienne Lang
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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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