In December, Elon Musk tweeted that he was so annoyed with California traffic that he was “going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging.” Then he did. That’s why it’s worth believing his latest outlandish proposal: That if he can’t fix South Australia’s power problems in just 100 days, he’ll foot the…
Last Thursday, a Tesla production associate named Jose Moran came forward to publicly decry working conditions at the company’s plant in Fremont, California, including what he describes as grueling hours, low wages, and frequent, preventable injuries—issues he felt could be fixed by joining the United Automobile,…
Tesla has been selected to build the largest lithium-ion battery solution in the world near Los Angeles. It will “hold enough energy to power more than 2,500 households for a day or charge 1,000 Tesla vehicles,” the company says.
As Elon Musk revealed in an earnings call earlier this week, people preordered a shit-ton of Tesla’s new batteries: Over 50,000 Powerwall units were reserved. Now some interesting math, courtesy of Bloomberg: The five million square-foot Gigafactory planned outside of Reno probably isn’t big enough to make them all.
I think about big, cheap batteries for a living, so I stayed up late and listened to the Tesla announcement. My first thoughts: These are fantastic prices for an uninterruptible power supply—but still expensive as day-to-day electricity.
Tesla is planning a so-called Gigafactory, an enormous battery plant to supply the company's upcoming high-volume Model 3. California wants that factory bad, offering to waive its environmental regulations to win it. That's bad news—for Tesla, for California, for you and me, and for the future of electric cars.
Electric car maker Tesla wants a cheaper, faster way to produce the lithium ion batteries that power its cars, and the company has settled on a gargantuan solution: the so-called "gigafactory" that, if all goes as planned, will crank out more lithium ion batteries than the entire world produced in 2013.