Less than a month to go before Tesla Battery Day and fans are excited. As of September 22 approaches, many theories have been concocted. A lot is expected from Elon Musk and his EV company due to rumors of new battery tech and upcoming models to be released.
Though the company has provided nothing but cryptic invites and vague hints, people have spent their time deciphering and dissecting the apparently hidden messages behind them and have come up with their own theories as to what is to come on Battery Day.
Torque News has summed up four most probable surprises on Battery Day. This will all be most likely in relation to the building for the Roadrunner project that is almost finished in construction. The mysterious building being built near the factory in Fremont, California is assumed to be Tesla’s battery manufacturing plant since the company announced that they will be going into that business and will be supplying batteries to other companies as well.
The building apparently had several doors and that each battery project being done will have its own entrance and exit doors and a separate car parking area. Interaction between engineers from different projects is apparently prohibited. Millions of dollars have been invested in this new venture.
However, sources say that the California building is intended solely for production and the chemical engineering operations will be situated in Canada, spearheaded by Jeff Dahn. The suspense and excitement continuously build up as the date draws nearer and nearer.
When asked whether the production speed of batteries in actual was the same as those seen in Youtube videos, Elon answered that the process moves at “bullet speed” and was almost invisible. In order to show the process clearly, the video needs to be slowed down.
Here are the speculated predictions of what will happen on September 22:
The Shareholders’ Meeting
It is already a given that Elon Musk will hold a virtual meeting with the company’s shareholders on the same day. It is highly likely that details about the financial status of the Gigafactories in Shanghai, Berlin, and Austin will be discussed. Information about the production and release of the Cybertruck and Semi will also be tackled. Rumors of the low-cost Tesla Model 2 may be confirmed since Musk has previously mentioned that they will be making a low-priced car for the European and Asian markets.
LG Chem and CATL Partnership
The chemistry and capability of the batteries that will be produced out of this collaboration might be disclosed. Tesla may no longer experience a shortage in battery supply. The only remaining hindrance could be the lack of manpower and software drawbacks. This will enable Tesla to engage in massive-scale battery projects that will power large machinery beginning with increasing the range of the upcoming Tesla cars.
Relationship with Panasonic
Full disclosure of the terms of the alliance with Panasonic in a separate battery project could be shared. The widely-talked about million mile battery may be getting some clarifications along with the single crystal cathode battery structure. The increase from 24 to 39 gigawatt in production may be discussed. There are also high hopes that the new lithium iron phosphate chemical composition of a new battery will be explained.
Fans hope that the Roadrunner project details will finally be acknowledged and revealed. Information about how this fits into the whole grand scheme of battery innovations coming from a lot of partnerships and collaborations. Information as to where all these batteries will be applied to in future Tesla models. Reports say that the facility will be built in all the other Gigafactory branches as well. There are many kinds of batteries with different advantages and many are hoping that Elon will talk about where each of these can perform at their most optimal.
Many more Tesla projects need clarifications and details to be provided by Elon Musk himself to finally put a stop to all speculations, theories, and hypothesis circulating the internet and satisfy the hunger of many Tesla fans.
The launch of the Robotaxi, the new Dojo supercomputer, and updates on the possible SNP 500 inclusion of the company are still hanging in the air unanswered. A lot of people are awaiting the big revelations that will be presented on Battery Day and are expecting mind-blowing surprises.