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Tesla files plans to build battery cells along with cars​ at Austin factory
Tesla's Battery Day event Sept. 22. (Tesla)

Tesla plans to operate a cell-manufacturing unit to produce the battery packs that power its cars at its Austin factory, according to filings with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.


It's unclear whether the electric carmaker intends to make the cells at its forthcoming 2,100-acre Gigafactory in Southeast Travis County or the adjacent 381-acre plot it recently purchased, as reported by the Austin Business Journal.

Tesla executives announced the company will begin producing a new "tabless" battery in-house for its cost benefits and energy improvements at its Sept. 22 Battery Day event.

The company currently sources its batteries from Panasonic, where cell shortages have led to production delays for Tesla.

CEO Elon Musk and other executives said this new battery product will eventually halve the company's cost per kilowatt-hour, the unit of energy commonly used to measure the capacity of electric vehicle battery packs, and enable the production of an affordable, autonomous electric vehicle in three years' time.

Construction is well underway at the Austin Gigafactory site, which is near the intersection of SH 130 and SH 71.

The first substantial completion, or construction milestone, is scheduled for the spring with the full factory expected to be up and running by the end of 2021.

New Tesla Gigafactory site in Austin, Texas - YouTubewww.youtube.com

As proposed, the factory will provide at least 5,000 jobs, not including the thousands of construction workers who will build the facility.

In addition to batteries, the Gigafactory will also produce its Cybertruck pickup and Model Y SUV.

There has also been chatter that Tesla may consider relocating its headquarters to Texas from California, where Musk has clashed with county officials over coronavirus orders.

Musk announced Austin would be home to the next Gigafactory in late July, after a competitive selection process that saw Del Valle ISD and Travis County offer the company tax rebates for building the factory in their jurisdictions.


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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway