Tesla says it’s moving toward more batteries, smaller batteries for cars, bigger batteries for trucks
Tesla said it’s going into the second half of 2017 with “more batteries,” but it didn’t say what kind.
Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, said the automaker would begin offering smaller battery packs for electric vehicles and will begin selling smaller batteries.
Musk said Tesla will begin using larger batteries in its next-generation Model 3 sedan.
Tesla is planning to produce a smaller battery pack than its current Model S sedan.
The company has already delivered 100,000 Model S sedans.
Tesla said Monday that it would start selling its battery packs in a “substantial number” of vehicles later this year.
It plans to sell about 200,000 vehicles this year, including about 5,000 of the Model S and Model X, but it’s not clear if it will start selling smaller battery cells or what form they will take.
Tesla also announced a partnership with Panasonic to develop new batteries for electric cars, and Musk said it would use Panasonic’s batteries for the first time in a commercial vehicle.
Tesla has been making strides toward battery technology.
In 2017, it announced the company had developed a process that would allow it to produce battery packs at scale and lower cost.
The goal is to lower the cost of batteries by a factor of 50, Musk said in a presentation.
Tesla currently has batteries in production for more than 3,000 electric vehicles.
Tesla expects to deliver around 4,000 cars a year by 2025.
The automaker is also in the process of making more batteries for use in its Model X and Model 3.
The next car it builds, the Model 3, is expected to cost more than $100,000.
Musk told the Wall Street Journal last month that the automan had been working on batteries for years.
Tesla was not immediately available for comment Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.