Tag: JB Straubel

Sep 2, 2022 - 12:32 pm

Redwood Materials closes in on search for sites in Europe

After Redwood Materials, founded by ex-Tesla CTO JB Straubel, announced in February that it would build at least two large-scale factories for recycling and battery material production in Europe, the search for a location appears to have narrowed considerably.

Jun 22, 2022 - 02:34 pm

Redwood Materials announces cooperation with Toyota

The recycling start-up Redwood Materials, founded by former Tesla CTO JB Straubel, has gained another major partner from the automotive industry. Toyota Motor North America and Redwood will collaborate on the collection, reprocessing, recycling and supply of battery materials for electric car batteries.

Feb 18, 2022 - 02:26 pm

Redwood Materials sources batteries from Ford & Volvo

Redwood Materials, founded by ex-Tesla CTO JB Straubel, has launched a recycling programme for electric and hybrid vehicle batteries in California. Ford and Volvo Cars are the first car manufacturers to support the programme with their batteries. Redwood is also calling on other manufacturers to join the programme.



Feb 7, 2022 - 01:15 pm

Redwood Materials to build two plants in Europe

Redwood Materials, founded by ex-Tesla CTO JB Straubel, has announced its expansion into Europe. While Redwood remains rather vague about its plans for Europe in a corresponding official announcement, JB Straubel was more specific in an interview in Germany.

Jan 21, 2022 - 03:07 pm

Redwood to launch anode copper foil production

Redwood Materials, founded by ex-Tesla CTO JB Straubel, plans to start up its anode copper foil production facility at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center in Nevada in the first half of 2022 and begin shipping to customers.



Jul 29, 2021 - 01:46 pm

Redwood gathers $700 million in investment

The battery recycling start-up Redwood Materials, founded by ex-Tesla CTO JB Straubel, has raised more than 700 million US dollars from a group of strategic investors. The money is to be used to finance expansion.

Feb 25, 2021 - 12:16 pm

Redwood launches battery recycling with Envision AESC

Recycling start-up Redwood Materials, founded by ex-Tesla CTO JB Straubel, is partnering with Envision AESC, the battery business sold by Nissan to Envision Group. Specifically, Redwood Materials will recycle cells from Envision AESC’s US production facility in Smyrna.

Sep 4, 2020 - 03:52 pm

VW partner QuantumScape hits the US stock market

The solid-state battery specialist and Volkswagen partner QuantumScape went public on the US stock exchange. The company has agreed on a merger with the investment company Kensington Capital Acquisition. The shares will be traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “QS”.

Sep 2, 2020 - 01:00 pm

Straubel reveals more on battery recycling startup

So far there has been much speculation, but little official information about Redwood Materials, the recycling start-up founded by ex-Tesla CTO JB Straubel. Now Straubel has given more details about the plans of Redwood Materials in an interview.

Jul 25, 2019 - 02:06 pm

JB Straubel leaves Tesla for consultancy

Elon Musk announced in the context of the latest quarterly figure announcement that Tesla co-founder JB Straubel will withdraw from the operational business as Chief Technology Officer and will in future only work in an advisory capacity for Tesla. The new Tesla CTO will be Drew Baglino.

Jul 25, 2019 - 02:15 am

Tesla Q2: records broken and $5 billion in cash

In the second financial quarter of 2019, Tesla has produced 87,048 cars and delivered 95,356, surpassing all previous quarterly figures and enabling a similarly record-breaking cash flow. CTO, JB Straubel is stepping down after 15 years with the company.

Sep 9, 2018 - 07:35 pm

Tesla’s recycling startup is expanded

Redwood Materials, the recycling startup founded by Tesla CTO JB Straubel, is expanding to Nevada. Possible connections to Tesla are rumoured once again, however no official statement has been released.

Sep 8, 2016 - 08:08 am

Matthias Müller, Morgan Freeman, JB Straubel.

Matthias-Mueller“Elon Musk’s success is considerable – from zero to hero. I have great respect for such an achievement. And in general, we can learn a lot from the Silicon Valley companies.”

Volkswagen-Chef Matthias Müller pays his respect to the Tesla CEO and hopes to copy some of the methods of the Californian disruptors.
derstandard.at (in German)

Morgan-Freeman“I own Tesla. I’m a huge fan of Elon Musk. I think he’s got the most incredibly forward thinking ideas about where we can go technologically.”

A strong testimony given by no one else than actor Morgan Freeman. He not only drives a Signature Series Model S but also owns shares of the company, which have lost 12 percent value in the last month.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“We expect 10 maybe 15 year life at a minimum from these batteries.”

Tesla CTO JB Straubel refers to battery life of Tesla power packs. It is not entirely clear however if he speaks of cycling or ageing or both.

Aug 4, 2016 - 08:41 am

Skelton Technologies, ExxonMobil, JB Straubel, aluminium-air batteries.

Graphene ultracapacitors ready to launch: Skeleton Technologies has collected 13m euros in a new funding round, which it will use to bring its graphene ultracapacitors to the mass market. It is also looking to find a new client base, namely in Asia, as well as set up a production facility near the German city of Dresden from 2017.

Exxon goes new ways: Oil company ExxonMobil will invest 15m dollars in a joint research initiative with the University of Texas Austin. It will i.e. study integrating renewable energy sources in the energy mix, as well as battery technologies and grid modelling.

Tesla CTO stray: Co-founder and CTO JB Straubel has invested in start-up Axiom Energy, which makes energy storage for cooling systems. He says, he “likes batteries more than he likes cars” anyways. Or is this an indication about what the Masterplan, Part Trois will look like? Ok, probably not.
electrek.co, yahoo.com

Stable aluminium-air batteries: A research team from Russia and Israel says it was able to improve the performance of aluminium-air batteries significantly by adding flax straw extract to the alkaline solution. It is said to inhibit the corrosion of the aluminium anodes.

Aug 1, 2016 - 09:00 am

Elon Musk, J.B. Straubel, Bertand Piccard.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“The factory itself is considered to be a product. It’s the machine that builds the machine and actually deserves more attention from creative problem-solving engineers than the part that it makes.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the Gigafactory is much more than a production site. It’s being set up production line by production line, to tweak the process based on what Tesla and Panasonic have learned from lines already up and running.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“By 2018 we have to be at 35 gigawatt hours of production to support those Model 3s.”

Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel says that to meet demand of the Model 3 and to stay on production schedule, the Gigafactory’s schedule had be moved up two years.

Bertrand-Piccard“We will produce a solar drone based on the experience we have. We hope to have something of our own flying in the stratosphere in less than three years.”

Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the Solar Impulse 2, says that their globe circumvention has proven that solar-power can make an airplane fly indefinitely. Only pilots need breaks, neither of which a drone would require.

Jun 20, 2016 - 08:40 am

Porsche, JK Straubel, Matthias Müller.

anonym“The thing about Tesla’s Ludicrous mode is that it’s a façade. Two launches saps the whole battery. That won’t be the case with the Mission E. You’ll be able to run it hard, over and over; the battery will not overheat, the power control module will not overheat, and the seats will not suck.”

An unnamed Porsche engineer told Automobile that the upcoming Mission E is “something special,” citing the car’s practicality as a defining victory over Tesla. Details about when the Porsche Mission E will reach production, however, have not yet been shared.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“Tesla has spent a lot of time working with all the different lithium companies all around the world to make sure they are investing on the right timeline to have the capacity ready when we need it.”

Tesla’s JK Straubel assuaged fears that the manufacturer will not be able to acquire enough lithium hydroxide at a low cost for Tesla’s projects. The CTO suggested lithium extraction and processing is just like any other car element, it only requires a “little bit longer lead time.”

Matthias-Mueller“The fact that we are now focusing so clearly on e-mobility and battery technology does not mean that we will scale down or even suspend our work on developing fuel cells. Here, too, we intend to stay on the ball and will be ready when the time is ripe.”

Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen Group, spoke about the company’s plans to develop over thirty new BEVs in the next decade. Though VW is looking extensively into promoting better battery technology, Müller insists they will continue their work in the fuel cell sector.

Jun 1, 2016 - 08:18 am

Thomas Lieber, JB Straubel, Paul Willis.

Thomas-Lieber“There’s a competitor from Munich that can just about reach that … only theirs weighs 300 kg less.”

Thomas Lieber, VW brand’s head of complete vehicle development for electrified cars, is quite proud of the new e-Golf’s estimated range of 300 km and teases BMW and its i3.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“It’s a wonderful problem to have… as we have more demand we can put our focus on production ramp-up, supplier ramp up. This is a challenge – not to understate that – but it’s a very high-class problem for us to have.”

Tesla CTO JB Straubel comments on the number of Model 3 reservations. And true, who has ever complained about being too successful? Let’s just hope the California EV maker can keep up and not become a victim of its own popularity.

Paul-Willis“The percentage of diesel will decline. It’s already happening. The first to be affected will be small cars.”

VW Group UK boss Paul Willis says that especially people with smaller vehicles will look at greener alternatives to diesel-powered cars, and that the market share of the latter will drop to as low as 30 percent on the Iles.

May 23, 2016 - 08:36 am

JB Straubel, Yoshio Ito, Matt Teske.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“From a pure technology point of view, everything that we’ve done on vehicles translates directly into trucks. There’s no reason that today you can’t make a very compelling electric truck.”

Tesla CTO and co-founder JB Straubel suggests that the truck industry is seeing less innovation because it is more conservative, but that does not mean that existing technology will not work for trucks, too.

Yoshio-Ito“We just don’t want to be a bottleneck.”

Yoshio Ito, head of Panasonic’s automotive division, says the company is ready to move up its investment of 1.6bn dollars in Tesla’s Gigafactory to in turn move up the production schedule and meet the demand for the Model 3. Panasonic had been looking to pay in phases over the next few years.

Matt-Teske“I wanted to show that a good-looking, desirable electric car will generate real buzz and excite customers. A car is an extension of your personality and lifestyle needs. A car should make someone say ‘wow, I want that.’ Most electrics don’t elicit that response right now.”

Matt Teske, mastermind behind the fictional electric Jolt, explains the reason behind his recent social media experiment. He had created a fictitious but gorgeous sporty electric coupe for consumers straddling the line between gen x and millennials.

May 9, 2016 - 09:15 am

JB Straubel, Martin Leach, Ben Scott.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“We’ve accelerated some of our plans there. And we’re still on track to have first cell production starting at the end of this year so that we’ll be able to ramp up to match the Model 3 schedule as well.”

Tesla’s Chief Technology Officer, JB Straubel, talks about the Gigafactory. Though most of the interior is still under construction, production lines will be up and running to support the increased demand for batteries once the Model 3 goes into production.

Martin-Leach“We’re not trying to be a niche company. Our products for the larger consumer market will be mainstream products with a premium feel, and we’ll have something towards the end of 2017.”

Martin Leach, co-president of NextEV, gives us a glimpse of what is still to come. The EV start-up planning to launch a mainstream vehicle that could get further than a Tesla on a single charge.

Ben-Scott“This could be a ‘now or never’ situation for FCEVs in mass market mobility.”

Ben Scott, senior analyst at IHS Automotive, suggests that if fuel cells don’t move past the early adopter phase in the next 20 to 25 years, they will likely never become mainstream.

Nov 30, 2015 - 09:17 am

Tony Whitehorn, Scott Keogh, JB Straubel.

Tony-Whitehorn“I see electric vehicles, hybrids and plug-in hybrids as a way of bridging the gap between the internal combustion engine and pure fuel cell technology.”

Tony Whitehorn, president and CEO of Hyundai UK, believes the automobile market will change completely over the next five years. Whether the EV “bridge” will have to hold that or a little longer remains to be seen. Whitehorn says projections show that by 2030, some 300,000 FCVs will be sold in the UK annually.

Scott-Keogh“I think we have to give Tesla credit where it’s deserved.”

Audi of America president Scott Keogh is open to a different sales concept for electric vehicles. While there was no confirmation that Audi will open up EV stores, he acknowledges that Tesla’s methods seem to work, while traditional dealerships have trouble selling electric cars.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“The pace of innovation does seem to be accelerating. We’re kind of right at the tipping point where the current performance and lifetime of batteries roughly equal that of fossil fuels. If you are able to double that, the prospects are huge.”

Tesla CTO JB Straubel explains how Tesla is not only helping climate change by pushing electric cars, but also battery development by offering energy storage solutions for homes, which enable owners to store renewable energy and use it when needed.

Nov 20, 2015 - 08:10 am

Scott Keogh, Masamichi Kogai, JB Straubel.

Scott-Keogh“Audi’s not a half-measure brand. When we go in, we like to do things right.”

Audi of America president Scott Keogh has high hopes for the production car that will come out of the e-tron quattro concept. He believes it to become not only the “most reasonably priced” but also a “hot” electric SUV.

Masamichi-Kogai“We understand that we need to meet that regulation, and we are doing some research and working on the electrification of our vehicles. For the Japanese market, we have produced an electric vehicle. For hybrid systems, we have a license from Toyota and are continuing research in that area.”

Mazda President and CEO Masamichi Kogai goes so far as to say that the company is considering more electric and hybrid solutions. He also mentions a rotary engine that can “switch” between hydrogen and gasoline.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“We are still a relatively small company, and we need to be careful. As we expand into each new country and each new region, customers have very positive experience. We don’t want to damage the brand by growing too quickly and not having enough infrastructure, service and support.”

Tesla-CTO JB Straubel here comments on the manufacturer’s possible expansion into Korea. While the Californian EV maker sees it as an important market in the future, a date for the move has not been set yet.

Nov 17, 2015 - 09:40 am

Herbert Diess, Christopher Grundler, JB Straubel.

Herbert-Diess“In my opinion, we need battery manufacturing in Germany. It is the core technology of electric mobility.”

VW brand CEO Herbert Diess would like to see cell production in Germany to be build up as a concerted effort of the German car industry. Apparently, the sector is already discussing the idea on a political level as well.
faz.net (in German)

Christopher-Grundler-EPA“We are very anxious to find out if there are any other programs out there.”

Says Christopher Grundler of the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA intends to increase its on-road emission testing of diesel cars significantly and without giving carmakers any details, as it hopes to catch other cheats still out there.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“From the first concept of this factory, we wanted to make it a net-zero facility. So, you know, the most visible thing we are doing is covering the entire site with solar power.”

Tesla CTO JB Straubel here talks about the Gigafactory, which is planned to emit zero emissions. All of a sudden, the desert location in Nevada makes total sense. Solar power is only one of many environmental measures. Others i.e. include a heat pump.

Oct 22, 2015 - 08:25 am

Mark Reuss, J.B. Straubel.

Mark-Reuss“It will be around $30,000, but I think it’s going to be below that when you get the tax break on it.”

GM’s Product Development Chief, Mark Reuss, on how affordable the Chevy Bolt EV, expected to arrive by 2016, will actually be. He is counting on State support.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“Construction here has moved extremely fast; it’s part of why we wanted to be in Nevada in the first place.”

Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel announces that the first employees will begin work at the Gigafactory in the Nevada desert in just a few weeks.

Oct 20, 2015 - 08:15 am

J.B. Straubel, Tae Hyun Oh, Volkswagen.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“Most of the people inside of Tesla are no longer working on the S and the X, but they are hard at working designing and inventing all the technologies to go into the Model 3.”

Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel points out how fast the EV maker moves. With the Model X only been introduced, all resources are now poured into the making of the Model 3. The project not only requires new technology and platform but will also see Tesla scale up production massively.

Thomas-Oh“This year we are launching a hybrid model, and the next Soul electric-vehicle version.”

Tae Hyun (Thomas) Oh, exective vice president and COO of Kia Motors, announces the next step of the Korean carmaker’s electrification. The hybrid Kia and updated Soul EV will be joined by a fuel cell vehicle by 2020, he added.

anonym“So far, we have simply fitted existing cars with electric motors, not a big hit exactly. Now the main VW brand plans for models, which are dedicated electric cars from the start.”

This is an unnamed VW manager announcing a new strategy that will see Volkswagen design electric cars from the bottom up, similar to the BMW i-series. A dedicated VW “e-series” would be market ready by 2019, the source expects.
welt.de (in German)

Sep 25, 2015 - 08:46 am

JB Straubel, Arshad Mansoor, Mark Preston.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“The true measures for any performance EV driver are acceleration times and driving performance of the vehicle.

Tesla CTO JB Straubel has written a noteworthy blog post in which he explains how Tesla measured its performance data for the Model S P85D.
evobsession.com, teslamotors.com (blog post)

Arshad-Mansoor“Customers will never actively be managing their demand. That’s where the technology comes into play – understanding a building’s load profile, and charging and discharging storage at the right times to actively manage that building’s demand. That’s an active algorithmic challenge.”

EPRI’s Senior Vice President of Research and Development Arshad Mansoor talks about peak load and the challenges smart grid technology faces.

Mark-Preston“This kind of event is certainly a catalyst for change.”

Mark Preston, Aguri Formula E team principle and former McLaren Formula 1 designer hopes that the VW diesel scandal will lead to a quick transformation of transport to being electric. He says, it is for regulators and politicians to (re)act.

Jul 28, 2015 - 08:13 am

Volkmar Denner, J.B. Straubel, Craig Scott.

Volkmar-Denner“For us the new players on the market are attractive new customers, who we take very seriously. This is true for Tesla, for Google and many others as well. Players from these industries have a new spirit, a new tempo. That inspires and drives us.”

Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner is keen on new technology and the competition it provides. While being convinced that electric mobility is already competitive today, especially for pedelecs, in terms of battery technology, there is still room for improvement.
tagesspiegel.de (in German)

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“We don’t want to just make cars electric. We need to link electric cars all the way back to where the energy comes from. It has to be renewable energy to really make the difference that we want to do.”

Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel carries the environmental banner before projecting that the tipping point of when green technology will make sense economically will be reached within the next 10 years.

Craig-Scott“I often say that the infrastructure is a generation behind the vehicle. And that’s something that’s going to have to be resolved and reconciled pretty quickly [over] these next two years as we ramp up sales and as other manufacturers come online.”

Craig Scott, national alternative fuel vehicle manager at Toyota, comments on the lack of hydrogen infrastructure. While Japan is getting there, the U.S. has not “Mirai-friendly” policies in place.

Jun 22, 2015 - 08:22 am

J.B. Straubel, Alejandro Agag.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“I think we would be disappointed if battery costs were not in the $100 dollar range [per kilowatt-hour] by the end of this decade, somewhere in this ballpark.”

J.B. Straubel, Tesla’s chief technology officer, is confident that battery costs will plummet saying that the Model 3 will need cheap energy storage to sell for 35,000 dollars and offer 200-mile-plus range.

Alejandro-Agag-2014“We want to kind of compress the calendar, so we will start in October. And we want to give a little bit more time to the manufacturers who are tweaking their motors.”

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag announced that the next ePrix season will kick off one month later than the 2014/15 season. The first race will take place on October 17th in Beijing.

Jun 17, 2015 - 08:14 am

Mark Moody-Stuart, J.B. Straubel, Steffen Jastrow.

Mark-Moody-Stuart“I find it distressing that 18 years after major oil companies such as Shell and BP acknowledged the threat of climate change and the need for precautionary action, and indeed began to put into place many of the steps needed, the world has made very modest progress in addressing this challenge.”

This is former Shell chairman Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, who seems to have some second thoughts here and calls for cooperation rather than sheer confrontation. Rest assured, we find that pretty distressing, too.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“South Africa actually has an electric grid that has huge implications for storage.”

Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel sees a big market for the company’s energy storage solution in Africa’s southernmost republic where they could not only serve as backup but also help to expand the infrastructure.

Steffen-Jastrow“Of course we need more power for the next-generation of cars, but electrification does not mean we have to use an electric drivetrain. They have to be faster and e-turbos are an option. We use them in motorsport, but the technology has to be payable for the customer.”

Mercedes-AMG compact car boss Steffen Jastrow is looking at e-turbos for somewhat electrifying small cars. Audi too is eyeing that option but from the luxury and performance perspective of the A8.

Feb 25, 2014 - 09:32 am

J.B. Straubel.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“If we outsourced the charger, or outsourced those other pieces, we couldn’t innovate as quickly. We couldn’t roll out things anywhere near as fast.”

CTO for Tesla, J. B. Straubel, on the advantages of in-house development and production of most parts of the Model S.

Found on electrive.com
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