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Musk's plan for Tesla-built batteries has an acceleration challenge

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Elon Musk wants to make cheaper batteries - fast. But the Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) chief executive is unlikely to hit ambitious targets for Tesla to mass-produce its own new batteries this year,

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Though Musk is known for doing the impossible, starting with turning the electric vehicle maker into the world's most valuable auto company, 

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The stakes are high. Prices of battery ingredients like nickel hit records this week on supply fears stemming from the Russia-Ukraine conflict, 

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and Musk in January forecast battery supply constraints next year, making in-house production a key to growth. 

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Musk says making the batteries at scale will be very difficult, but they are critical to his goal of building less expensive 

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Longer-range electric cars that will keep Tesla ahead of a growing pack of competitors 

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