Maxwell Technologies

Tesla & Amprius — What Is Going On? [Updated: Nothing]

Tesla fans have zeroed in on a battery startup called Amprius. A number of clues indicate that it may be acquired by Tesla in the future, or that it at least plays a role in Tesla’s battery innovation and coming announcements at Tesla Battery Day. I’ll come back to the Tesla–Amprius connections in a minute. First, once I saw the name popping up, I recognized it and decided to check the CleanTechnica archives for it. Let’s start there.

Is This Why Tesla Stays Secretive About Maxwell Technologies?

There has been a ton of speculation about why Tesla bought Maxwell Technologies. The obvious but vague answer is that its battery technology will improve Tesla’s automotive and energy storage products, but we now know the more detailed answer. It’s a long story, but it’s well worth the read. Please read this post to the end, as it’s very easy to misunderstand this if you don’t get the whole story.