Tesla wants to build a massive battery supply facility to curb shortages

By on November 6, 2013, 11:30 AM
panasonic, battery, tesla, model s, electric cars, elon musk, battery factory

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is interested in building a battery production facility for his fleet of electric vehicles that would be comparable to all of the lithium-ion battery production in the world combined. Musk mentioned the plans during a recent conference call with analysts, citing battery shortage as the main reason his company is unable to market its vehicles as aggressively as they otherwise would.

Earlier this year, Musk said it doesn’t make sense to amplify demand if they are unable to deliver on that demand. True enough, the company has been forced to slow their rollout of Model S cars in North America in order to fill orders in Europe for clients that have been waiting for a few years.

Must didn’t reveal too many details about the new battery facility although he did let on that it will most likely be built in North America. What’s more, he suggested it could be a “soup-to-nuts” plant that would take in raw materials and produce finished battery packs instead of outsourcing some parts of the job to others.

Musk also said the plant will be extremely eco-friendly and will use solar power as well as a recycling program designed to reuse worn battery packs. It probably isn’t a coincidence that Must is also the chairman of solar panel installer SolarCity, but I digress.

Despite the ambitious plans, Tesla also recently signed an extended purchase agreement with Panasonic that will see the company supply them with a minimum of 1.8 billion battery cells over the next four years.

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howzz1854 said:

You go Iron Man!

Guest said:

It's refreshing to see a company actually follow-through with their plans.

..I know he hasn't started anything yet, but his history shows that he does.

3 thumbs up for this guy! :P

lmike6453 said:

Wow what a beast...we need more people in this world capable of making change making changes

Guest said:

3 times you spelled must, when you meant musk.

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Steve Steve said:

3 times you spelled must, when you meant musk.

Must you be so picky?

Guest said:

Can't help thinking there are vested interests at play here, batteries are the wrong technology. Way too inefficient & clunky. Hydrogen fuel cells are the only viable way to replace petrol & diesel. But the mining companies wouldn't then be able to hike up the price of lithium & nickel etc..

I don't have the facility to charge a battery (unless I drag a cable from my back door & over the road) & my recent Manchester to Cardiff round trip would have been impossible with the paltry range these things provide.

Guest said:

Electric battery is the future for all vehicles as the technology improves we will find more ways to recharge batteries faster and keep the charges longer.

Electric cars are the future or in other words you carry the energy with you instead of the fuel + engine as it is with Gasoline engines. Its like we carry lunch boxes to work instead of carrying the stove + gas.

I wish in future we can replace the chemical fuels of rockets to battery in future. How smaller the rocket will be if that's possible.

ikesmasher said:

my recent Manchester to Cardiff round trip would have been impossible with the paltry range these things provide.

Indeed. 200 miles+ is a terribly paltry range.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

I disagree, 200 miles is an incredible range for a paltry!

gamoniac said:

I read somewhere that someone rewrite the recharging algorithm of Li battery and reduce the charge time from hours to minutes. I wonder how has that been progressing.

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