China: Tesla’s Model 3 factory ready for orders
Tesla has opened the order books in China for the Model 3, which the EV manufacturer will produce in its Shanghai plant, which is still under construction. The first deliveries of the Model 3 from local production are scheduled to start in six to ten months.
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.
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.
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said documents to engineers ahead of the Q3 earnings call in October and so a Tesla spokesperson called these to be “outdated” by now.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.
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.
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.
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.
Tesla sabotage scandal taking new turn
The story of the Tesla saboteur is taking crazier turns. After Tesla sued Martin Tripp, he now claims to be a whistle blower and indeed some recent Tesla scathing media reports may be traced back to him.
Tesla CEO favours Gigafactory in Germany
Elon Musk has taken to Twitter – no surprises here – to add some detail to plans for a Gigafactory in Europe. And – here’s the surprise – he named Germany as a “leading choice” mainly due to its location in the centre of Europe.
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.
Industry opposes EU Battery Alliance’s scope
The plan for a Europe-wide battery alliance is due next month. EU vice president Maroš Šefčovič is facing opposition from the industry though as executives doubt their investment in a European Gigafactory would pay off.
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.
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.