Report: Tesla Eager to Get Started on Roadrunner
No, Tesla isn’t resurrecting an intermediate-sized Mopar muscle car. It’s something far less sexy than that.
According to documents, Tesla aims to build a battery research and manufacturing facility, staffed 24/7, in the dreaded state of California.
According to municipal documents seen by Reuters, the electric automaker wants to expand a fledgling battery-building operation in Fremont, California and staff it around the clock. The plan carries the name Roadrunner.
Tesla believes it can have the operation up and running in three months if given the go-ahead, with 470 employees working at the facility — at least 100 of which would be on site at any given time. In the document, the automaker claims it already has a “small-scale” battery operation ongoing in Fremont.
For its U.S. products, Tesla sources batteries from its Nevada Gigafactory under an agreement with Panasonic. At its Shanghai assembly plant, batteries come by way of LG Chem and Contemporary Amperex Technology; the latter supplier is the source of the low-cost, long-range battery Tesla touted back in May.
Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company will host a “ Battery Day” on September 15th, prompting speculation about a big breakthrough in EV propulsion technology.