According to a CNBC report today, Tesla is working on battery cell research and development in a laboratory near its production base Fremont, California. Five anonymous current and former employees said R & D was focused on "designing and prototyping lithium-ion battery cells," as well as systems that could help the company produce large-volume cells
Currently Tesla has a partnership with Panasonic to make the battery cells it uses in its cars and stationary batteries. This relationship extends to Buffalo, the New York-based solar panel factory, which Tesla also owns with Panasonic. But recently, the brotherhood between the two companies seems to be thinner.
In September last year, Panasonic's CEO said an obstacle to model 3 production is the speed at which Panasonic can produce batteries. In October 201
Ars contacted Tesla for a comment, but we did not get an answer. currently building a factory in Shanghai, and it does not partner with Panasonic exclusively to supply battery cells to this place, although Panasonic or another major battery cell manufacturer is likely to supply a Shanghai factory in the near future. At a recent shareholders meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said investors should take care of two things next year: availability of batteries and progress in full self-driving. JB Stradubel, Chief Technical Officer of Tesla, commented at the meeting: "It is now more obvious than I think it once was, we need a large-scale solution for cell production." hosted by the company before the end of 2019.