Former Tesla execs launch plan for European Gigafactory

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A couple of Tesla alumni, with backing from Swedish investors, have announced a plan to build a massive Li-ion battery factory, perhaps in Sweden or Finland. Their ambitious goal is to bring the cost of batteries down to $100/kWh.

Tesla’s former Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Peter Carlsson, and another former Tesla supply chain executive, Paolo Cerruti, have launched a new startup called North Volt. Their experience in supply chain management could be highly relevant to establishing a new source of EV batteries.

The Swedish government has shown interest in securing Tesla’s future European Gigafactory. North Volt is currying government support as well.

The company plans to secure financing and choose a location within the next two years, and start construction in 2019. The plan is to be producing 32 GWh worth of battery packs by 2023.

“We have a number of players who have access to the project as of now,” said Carlsson. “We hope to build sufficient confidence in the project over the next year, when we really need to build up substantial capital to put the shovel in the ground and build a factory. It is estimated to cost 40 billion kroner [about $4 billion] in four steps. Vinnova and the Swedish Energy Agency were early supporters.”


Source: Breakit via Electrek

  • brian_gilbert

    The earlier report in Charged that supercapacitor capacitor charging rate can be increased 4 times makes that a better bet. The lithium ion charging time means it needs new charging points and a lot of them, With supercaps they could be recharged at exisiting filling stations using plugs instead of pumps.

    • Electric Bill


      There are reasons there are no supercapacitor- powered cars on the market, and none that have been built by clever shade-tree inventors.

      Supercapacitors do not have as much energy density as a typical EV battery, limiting range dignificantly; also, battery cells lose little voltage until they are nearly empty, but supercapacitors lose voltage steadily as they are used. They also discharge quickly even when sitting without being used, whereas LiFe PO4 and other common lithium cells maintain their energy for years.

      • brian_gilbert

        You may be right. We will see if they get the higher storage density supercapacitors into production and whether that makes them a better option overall. I advocate a Completely Driverless Electric vehicles system using existing road lanes and hired vehicles. The vehicles would be used much more intensively with a life of maybe 5 million miles so a battery with a much longer life and 4 minute charge time would be very usefful.

        • Electric Bill


          Even if they are not used soon in our cars, they may have a very disruptive effect on the stationary storage market— homes, businesses, and grid storage, since they will be able to provide charge very quickly. They can have a significant impact if the price per kilowatt can be held low enough.

  • EVman

    So far Tesla hasn’t returned any messages or phone calls to sell their batteries to the open market. Maybe this company will sell to the open market.

    • Electric Bill

      EVman: I don’t know what you want to do with them, but there are many options: “Gadget”, of “Ego Killed the Electric Car?”, has a business here in L.A. putting used Tesla batteries back into use. Teslas are the quickest cars on the market, making them popular with guys that have more money than brains, who wreck them sometimes even before they get out of the Tesla parking lot. Gadget has already done several EV conversions of ICE cars; Jehu Garcia, another converter, and EV West, have also done such conversions, either with Tesla, Fiat 500e, or other similar repurposed cells extracted from wrecked EVs.

      There are several sources of new lithium ion phosphate (LiFe PO4) cells, including SAFT and Voltronix. (That is, with an “X” at the end— “Voltronics” is an unassociated company that does not sell cells.

      Attached is one of my custom EVs, which Gadget engineered. It is powered by 72 Voltronix cells, and features a variety of features especially for exhibiting at high schools, colleges, etc., all across southern California.

      If you want powerful, reliable cells and cannot get them from Tesla yet, that should not stop you.

    • Electric Bill

      BTW: If you want to reach Gadget, his business in L. A. is called “Left Coast Electric”. His brick-and-mortar shop is @ 2311 Southwest Drive, Los Angeles, 90043.