According to documents filed with the state government, Tesla Inc plans on building a battery research and manufacturing facility in Fremont, California, which will be operated around the clock, under a project dubbed Roadrunner.
The plan underscores efforts being made by the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) maker to create their own automotive batteries, which incidentally is the most expensive component in an EV.
While Tesla has a “small-scale” battery manufacturing operation in Fremont, it has applied for permission from the city government to build an expanded battery operation. According to its estimates, construction of the project, including the installation of all manufacturing equipment, can be completed in around 3 months.
Workers assigned to the facility would total 470, of which 400 would “work in shifts, such that there are 100 employees working at manufacturing and production operations at any given time, all day, every day.”
Tesla did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Earlier this week, Chief Executive Elon Musk said, it will give a tour of the battery cell production plant on September 15, the tentative date for what Tesla has dubbed as Battery Day.
Currently, Tesla produces batteries with collaboration Panasonic Corp at its Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada.
It also has signed battery contracts with South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd and China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd.