Looking Ahead at Tesla's Next-Gen Products: A Glimpse into Upcoming Innovations

Tesla's future is brighter than ever. It has a few projects in the works, but the ones that will most impact the near term are Tesla's next-generation electric vehicles (EVs) and the humanoid robot Optimus. 

Recent news hints that Tesla is already working on the technologies it needs for its next-generation EVs and Optimus.


Tesla Battery Cell Innovations

Part of Tesla's success can be attributed to vertical integration. The company likes to make everything in-house to reduce costs. However, vertical integration is also critical for Tesla because it tends to need new technology that isn't offered in the market yet. Some might say that Tesla's 4680 battery was born because of the latter reason. 

The 4680 battery cell helped the company solve battery constraints and move production forward of the Tesla Semi and Cybertruck. For its next-gen vehicles, Tesla is collaborating with the world's top EV battery supplier CATL (Contemporary Amperext Technology) to develop fast-charging cells.

CATL Chairman Robin Zeng recently shared that the Chinese battery supplier could find ways to reduce the costs of Tesla's $25,000 car. Zeng did not confirm CATL's involvement with the development of Tesla's $25,000 car, but CATL is supplying battery machines to Giga Nevada. Tesla is currently expanding Giga Nevada, where it plans to build two new facilities. One of the facilities will be dedicated to 4680 production. 


Improved Internet Capability 

Tesla is working on 5G capability for its electric vehicles and Optimus. A new job post seeking a Cellular Systems Integration Engineer reveals that Tesla is developing a private 5G network infrastructure

5G network will probably lead to tons of new features for Tesla EVs and unique ones for Optimus. It would be interesting to see how Tesla applies its private 5G network to a humanoid robot built to work.

Guilherme Pizzato, a Global G2G Business Development Director at Nokia, stated that 5G would help robots unplug. He argued that many robots are still connected to a physical cable today because existing wireless networks are unreliable, unsecured lines to transfer data. They also don't perform as well as developers would like. 

Tesla's progress with Optimus has moved quickly, so it probably already sees the need to develop better connectivity for the humanoid robot. Tesla is already starting field tests with the Tesla humanoid robot at gigafactories in the United States. The company is also searching for someone to write instruction manuals for Optimus, hinting that the Tesla bot is coming sooner rather than later. 

Tesla is no stranger to adversity. In fact, the electric vehicle automaker seems to perform better when faced with a challenge. The company has more hurdles to overcome in the next few years, and it's ready to succeed—again.

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