Tesla builds new battery plant in California


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A California mayor said Tesla Inc. broke new ground in his city on what he calls a new “mega-kitchen,” praising the planned facility in a Facebook post that was deleted and is now visible again .

“We are proud to house the Megafactory, Tesla’s newest expansion here,” Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal wrote in the post. “The future of green energy will be produced right here in our community. “

The plan is to expand the plant to manufacture Megapacks, the energy storage product Tesla sells to utilities. Lathrop, in San Joaquin County, has long been home to the company’s warehouses and logistics operations. Tesla’s flagship US auto plant is located in Fremont, in neighboring Alameda County. The company is based in Palo Alto.

Tesla, which currently makes batteries at a factory in Nevada, did not respond to a request for comment, and the mayor’s office did not respond to questions about why the original post was deleted.

An expansion to Lathrop, a city of over 24,000 people, would be a good sign that California is still a key part of Tesla’s footprint. After CEO Elon Musk moved to Texas in December and criticized California policies, there were concerns that Tesla’s operations would leave the state. The company is building a new factory for the production of the Model Y and Cybertruck in Austin.

While Tesla is known for its electric vehicles, it has always been more than a car manufacturer: its official mission is “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy”. Large-scale batteries are needed to store electricity produced by wind and solar. PG&E Corp. and Tesla have built a 182.5 megawatt system at an electrical substation in Moss Landing, near Monterey, which is expected to be operational later this year.

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