Tesla (TSLA) is expanding its lithium-ion battery manufacturing capabilities to meet its growing demand for batteries for EVs and plug-in hybrids, the company announced Wednesday.
Tesla has been testing and rolling out its first lithium-air battery factory in Texas, where it plans to open it in 2019.
The battery plant, which Tesla calls its “Battery 1,” will have the capacity to store up to 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy, Tesla said in a press release.
That is enough power to power more than 600 vehicles.
Tesla’s battery factory will build batteries to supply the batteries for the next-generation Tesla Roadster, the Model 3 sedan, and other EVs and hybrid vehicles.
The factory is slated to open by the end of the year.
Tesla said it expects the battery factory to have about 300 employees and will employ about 500 full-time workers.
The company also said it will offer a flexible workforce plan for the manufacturing workforce.
The expansion will increase Tesla’s battery manufacturing capacity to about 6,000 employees, and it will employ 5,000 to 7,000 full-timers.
It will employ 2,000 workers at the Battery 1 battery factory, Tesla noted.
Tesla is working with other battery manufacturing companies to create a similar factory in the state, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during a media call.
The first battery factory opens in 2020, Tesla added.