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Tesla plans to expand Calif. battery facility under project ‘Roadrunner’

Tesla Inc. plans to build an expanded battery research and manufacturing facility in Fremont, Calif., to be operated around the clock, under a project dubbed Roadrunner, documents from the city government showed.

The plan signals the U.S. electric vehicle maker’s efforts to make its own batteries.

Tesla, which said it currently has a “small-scale” battery manufacturing operation in Fremont, applied for city government approval to build an expanded battery operation. It estimated construction of the project, including the installation of all manufacturing equipment, can be completed in around 3 months.

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