During Tesla’s Battery Day event on Tuesday evening, CEO Elon Musk revealed how he plans to integrate batteries into the structural elements of the car. In other words, the batteries themselves could one day serve as internal structures themselves.
“All modern airplanes, the fuel tank, your wing is just a fuel tank and wing shaped,” Musk said at the event, as quoted by TechCrunch. “This is absolutely the way to do it. And then the fuel tank serves as dual structure, and it’s no longer cargo.”
“It’s fundamental to the structure of the aircraft — this was a major breakthrough,” he added. “We’re doing the same for cars.”
By using batteries to serve a dual purpose as energy storage and structural components, the mass of electric vehicles could be reduced considerably.
It could also end up making future Teslas safer, according to Musk. His company