Tesla’s Chief Executive Elon Musk has finally released a tentative date for the next ‘Battery Day’. If all goes to plan, on September 15 shareholders and Tesla fans will tune into a meeting that will include a ‘cell production tour’.
Tesla said that it is planning to give live-streamed presentations to investors about its latest developments in powertrain and battery technology. Tesla and China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (Catl) have been working on the much-vaunted million-mile battery that may be announced at the event.
Patents with research done by Tesla’s battery research team also suggest the use of single crystal cathodes that would increase the longevity of batteries. The official announcement of producing batteries below $100 per kWh is also expected to be part of the announcement. Musk’s tour of the company’s cell production system was announced in a tweet without further elaboration, but it is likely the tour will reveal some of the speculated technology.
In a published report, Tesla also confirmed that it will strive to have cobalt-free batteries in all of its electric vehicles. There is no determined deadline for this ambition, but the company has stated that the first cobalt-free batteries will be added to potentially cheaper and improved models produced and sold in China.
Moreover, Tesla is planning to significantly grow in size with Gigafactories in Germany and potentially in the UK. The manufacturer is also looking to improve its sustainable supply chain and better its battery recycling capability.
‘Battery Day’, which Musk promotes as being “one of the most exciting days in Tesla’s history”, was previously scheduled for May, while the shareholder meeting was due on July 7. Tesla said it was postponing the shareholder meeting “due to continuing restrictions on in-person gatherings imposed by the relevant governmental authorities”.
The date is not set in stone and it seems Musk is making sure that the technology is perfect for the time of the announcement.