Electrek has discovered a new Tesla secret project called “Palladium” that involves some important updates to the Model S and Model X. Earlier this year, Electrek exclusively disclosed information about Tesla’s “Roadrunner” secret project, which aims to build its own new battery units and its own production technology.
Now sources have confirmed to Electrek that Tesla also has a secret project codenamed “Palladium” and is currently deploying at its Fremont plant and Gigafactory in Nevada. The project involves building new production lines for newer versions of Model S and Model X. The new Palladium update will include new battery modules and drive units that will serve as the basis for the upcoming “Plaid” versions of Model S and Model X, according to people familiar with the matter.
The new powertrain will enable the plaid to achieve a three-motor configuration with higher performance and efficiency. We don’t have the final data yet, but it should be impressive. Another source told Electrek that it was not just about the power train, and one employee even mentioned the new “Model S and Model X Palladium body”, which meant that the new version of the vehicle would have a different body.
When Tesla began testing the model S Plaid’s early prototypes, it did make some changes to the body, but it’s unclear whether Tesla plans to bring those changes to the mass production. Tesla is currently re-spriging production lines at its Fremont plant and Nevada as part of the new Palladium project. Palladium is one of six platinum group metals, and most of the palladium mined around the world ends up as catalytic converters in car exhaust.
It’s unclear whether some of the new components in the new Model S and Model X Palladium updates use the material, but it could be Tesla’s mockery of the internal combustion engine that requires gold purification.