Tesla saves Panasonic business margins
Panasonic has lowered its forecast for the 2018/19 fiscal year, which ends in March, following a decline in profits over the winter. However, the Energy division, which also includes the battery business with Tesla, recorded its first operating profit in three quarters at 131 million euros.Weiterlesen
Cell production for Tesla Model 3 hits 11 GWh
UBS analysts have recently come to the conclusion that Tesla Model 3 cells are by far the most cost-effective. Now latest estimates conclude that over 600 million cells of this type have been produced in Gigafactory 1, thus adding up to a total capacity of just under 11 GWh.Weiterlesen
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Leaked documents lay out Tesla Model Y production data
Tesla appears to operate on an aggressive timeline for producing the Model Y, internal documents leaked to Business Insider show. Tesla sent said documents to engineers ahead of the Q3 earnings call in October and so a Tesla spokesperson called these to be “outdated” by now. Still they reveal ambition.Weiterlesen
Tesla planning multi-billion investments in Gigafactories
After recording a profit in Q3 of this year, Tesla has filed a follow-up report to the SEC. Their latest 10-Q filing concentrates on further growth, particularly in the areas of production and service infrastructure and Tesla is ready to spend billions.Weiterlesen
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Panasonic ahead of schedule for Gigafactory expansion
The plan by Tesla’s battery partner Panasonic to set up three new assembly lines in the Gigafactory 1 in Nevada by the end of the year, will likely be completed ahead of schedule. The expansion will increase the production capacity by about 30%.Weiterlesen
Tesla is hiring for Gigafactory 3 in China
Tesla is looking for staff for their planned electric vehicle factory in Shanghai just one month after receiving approval to set up shop from Chinese autorities. Most roles posted on the Tesla website are at senior level, reaching from architectural designer to experienced finance manager.Weiterlesen
Panasonic planning to increase production capacities in Gigafactory
Tesla’s battery partner Panasonic is planning to increase their production capacity at the Gigafactory 1 in Nevada by around 30%. The move is designed to keep pace with Tesla’s rather ambitious expansion plans.Weiterlesen
Tesla in talks for additional Gigafactory
Tesla has reportedly begun preliminary talks with representatives from the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saarland, regarding the construction of Tesla’s first Gigafactory in Europe. The facility will produce both cars and batteries.Weiterlesen
BYD to more than double battery production by 2020
BYD’s planned battery factory in Qinghai province is becoming much bigger than previously thought. Bloomberg reports BYD is planning to scale up to full capacity of 24 GWh already next year. Globally BYD aims to churn out 28 GWh this year before doubling their output to 60 GWh in 2020.Weiterlesen
Tesla Gigafactory making 5,000 Model 3 batteries a week
The Gigafactory has hit their production target of 5,000 Model 3 batteries a week. A Tesla manager claimed they more than doubled the production rate over the last three months. If so, it means one bottleneck less and four to go.Weiterlesen
Tesla board to remain, China factory to come (video)
Today’s Tesla shareholder meeting has been a success for Elon Musk. Shareholders support him as both CEO and Chairman and also his closest (in every sense) board members. Moreover, plans for production in China are moving ahead.Weiterlesen
Tesla flies in battery production line from Grohmann
Tesla has recently flown in six airplanes full of robots and equipment for the new battery production line from their German subsidiary Grohmann from Europe to the United States.Weiterlesen
Tesla transports batteries with Semi electric truck (Video)
Tesla Semi electric trucks now transport battery packs from the Gigafactory 1 in Nevada to the EV maker’s facility in Fremont. At the same time, a whole slew of videos and photos have appeared, showing the trucks on the road.Weiterlesen
EU sponsors 10 million euro open competition for battery technology
The EU has announced an open competition to develop new battery technology, valued at 10 million euros. The batteries are to provide a 600 km range for EVs and be chargeable within 5 minutes. They should also be made with materials readily available within the EU.Weiterlesen
Sweden backs Northvolt battery pilot plant with €15m
Northvolt has found a new backer for setting up a battery cell production pilot plant. The Swedish Energy Agency will support the demonstration line, Northvolt Labs, in Västerås with a grant of SEK 146m. The new line precedes a planned Swedish Gigafactory.Weiterlesen
CATL to build a Gigafactory – soon big enough to dwarf Tesla?
CATL is speeding up its expansion and wants to build a new Gigafactory by 2020. It would be second only to Tesla’s in size. Construction however can only start if CATL manages to collect 2bn dollars by selling shares before this year’s end.Weiterlesen
Model 3 ramp-up: Tesla denies having quality problems
U.S. channel CNBC reports about a potential further delay of the company’s Model 3 production, referring to current and former Tesla employees. Tesla published a detailed statement to deny these claims.Weiterlesen
Panasonic onboard with Tesla Gigafactory in China?
The Japanese battery manufacturer says that it thinks about producing cells for Tesla in a new Gigafactory in Shanghai, China in a comparable deal that they have regarding the so-called Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. That is what “Nikkei” learnt on the sidelines of CES.Weiterlesen
Tesla launches recruiting campaign for Gigafactory
The California-based EV maker stepped up efforts to find employees for its huge battery factory that it runs together with Panasonic in the desert of Nevada – first of all engineers and production assistants.Weiterlesen
Reading tip: Anup Bandivadekar from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) still believed in the future of diesel tech when the diesel emission scandal just got public. In the Guardian he admits now that he was wrong and furthermore, what exactly made him change his mind.
Video tip: The Gigafactory 1 in Nevada is rapidly growing – a new video made by a drone shows to what extent the mega project of Tesla and Panasonic has progressed.
Tesla, Purdue University, Boreas Project, Jungheinrich.
Gigafactories worldwide: In the long term, Tesla could operate between 10 and 20 Gigafactories all over the world, CEO Elon Musk suggested at the Annual Shareholder Meeting. Besides the Gigafactory 1 in Nevada und the solar facility in Buffalo called Gigafactory 2, Tesla is looking for three more sites at the moment and wants to come to a decision before the year’s end. Musk also mentioned that the Fremont facility would soon reach its capacity limit and so the Model Y will need an extra site, too.
Charge as you fuel? Researchers from Purdue University say they found an “instantly rechargeable” battery. If battery’s core technology is a membraneless battery, which can be charged with fluid electrolytes in the same time it takes to refill an ICE. It is pretty much the same approach that NanoFlowCell promotes, so we remain sceptical for the time being.
express.co.uk, futurism.com, purdue.edu
Spanish hybrid hyper car: The Boreas Project has the next plug-in hybrid with more than 1,000 hp. It is going to be at Le Mans this June, before moving on to Goodwood in Great Britain. No more than twelve cars will be made.
Jungheinrich extends warranty: The German manufacturer provides a free 5-year warranty on its Li-ion batteries. If capacity falls below 65% of its nominal capacity in this period, Jungheinrich will replce or repair the pack for free.
Honda, Gigafactory, Delta, Patents.
Honda prototypes three-wheeled HEV: According to an emerged patent, Honda is currently working on a hybrid electric trike. If this motorcycle with two wheels in the front will ever go serial remains to be seen, esp. as the patent emphasises motor cooling. Talking about hybrid motorcycles – we have to admit that BMW got us good and fooled us this April. Yesterday’s “news” of a hybrid BMW Enduro due for mass production was nothing but a joke. We apologise for what must have been too much wishful thinking from our side.
rideapart.com (Honda), press.bmwgroup.com (fake news BMW)
Job campaign for Gigafactory: Tesla partner Panasonic is to hold a job fair in Reno today as it wants to recruit 2,000 new employees for battery production in their Gigafactory this year. So far, 1,000 workers are employed in Panasonic’s plant in Nevada. Until 2020 both partners want to reach a production capacity of 150 GWh – achieved by up to 10,000 helping hands.
Delta focuses on wireless charging: Delta is currently impressing the expert audience of the ProMat in Chicago with its wireless charging systems for industrial EV. It can be applied to a wide range of vehicles from forklifts to AGVs with up to 30 kW.
Promising patents: Countless new patents present the dynamic pace of the EV branch and Inside EVs picked a few favourites like the DC fast charging system of Ludic Motors. A particularly creative solution is from Hon Hai alias Foxconn, which aims to put an end to ICEing.