Musk announces Tesla battery plant coming to Shanghai

Musk's continued partnership with China furthers concerns of America's energy dependence.

Published: April 10, 2023 3:07pm

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his electric car company, Telsa, is creating a new “Megafactory” for battery production in Shanghai, China.

The new plant will be producing 10,000 Tesla super batteries each year. 

Tesla describes a Megapack as a “powerful battery that provides energy storage and support, helping to stabilize the grid and prevent outages.” Each one is the size of a shipping container and stores enough energy at any given time to power 3,600 houses for an hour. 

While California is home to Tesla’s original Megapack factory, Musk said the Shanghai location will “supplement” its current output.

In the days leading up to the Shanghai announcement Sunday, Musk also released Tesla’s Master Plan Part III in which the EV company claims continuing to invest in fossil fuels will cost trillions of dollars more than investing in green energy. 

While Musk often points to cost efficiency as a justification fore moving toward so-called renewable energy, others argue its at risk of U.S. national security and it the U.S. has vast, untapped fossil fuel resources and workers to mine and refine them.

There are growing concerns that the U.S. is becoming increasingly dependent on other countries for its energy supply including China since the communist country contains and produces most of the mineral elements necessary to produce the energy that Biden wants to import. 

A report from the Institute for Energy Research last week appeared to confirm such concerns, stating that America’s energy security and national security are in “real jeopardy” between the push away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy.

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