Tesla is headed to Texas and we learned this year the automaker to build the , and at this upcoming Gigafactory. What we didn’t know is the automaker’s intent to produce battery cells in Austin as well. According to a report from the Austin Business Journal on Wednesday, Tesla applied to also assemble batteries and cells at the Texas location.
The publication reviewed a 188-page application document Tesla filed with the state’s Commission on Environmental Quality, which the automaker submitted between July and September. Explicitly, the documents reportedly say the application is to “operate a cell-manufacturing unit to produce the battery packs that are installed in the vehicle.”
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Tesla continues to look more closely at integrating its supply chain with the possibility of its own in-house batteries. Last month, the automaker’s Battery Day showcased some of the breakthroughs the company hopes to put into production in the next few years, such as the “Biscuit Tin” to pack more energy density into a cell. We’ve also heard rumors Tesla wants to start another— its sole US production hub right now.
All the while, Tesla said it’s committed to purchasing batteries from suppliers, and . But, proprietary Tesla batteries don’t seem too far-fetched for the future as evidence continues to pile up.