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New book excerpt: The early days of Tesla

This article is an excerpt from Tesla Motors: How Elon Musk and Company Made Electric Cars Cool, and Sparked the Next Tech Revolution by Charged Senior Editor Charles Morris. This 270-page book is a comprehensive history of Tesla, told by the entrepreneurs who made it happen, as well as an assessment of the company’s lasting influence… Read more »

Tesla to build Gigafactory in Nevada, state offers major incentive package

It’s official: Tesla will build its game-changing Gigafactory in Nevada. CEO Elon Musk and Governor Brian Sandoval made the announcement at a press conference, and each gave the usual pep talk. “Tesla will build the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory in Nevada, which means nearly one hundred billion dollars in economic impact to… Read more »

Tesla confident that Gigafactory can hit the magic number: $100/kWh

Tesla’s Gigafactory will mark a milestone in American manufacturing – to put it in trendier language, it’s going to be a game-changer. This is already obvious to readers of the EV press, and it’s starting to sink in among the mainstream media. The investing pundits of the Motley Fool have parsed some of Tesla’s statements… Read more »

Waive green regulations to speed construction of green cars? California woos Tesla Gigafactory

The irony is as heavy as an 85 kWh battery pack: California is considering exempting Tesla from some of its famously tough environmental regulations in order to entice the automaker to build its Gigafactory in the Golden State. An incentive package currently being negotiated in the office of Governor Jerry Brown could include waivers of… Read more »

Used Li-ion batteries: remanufacture, repurpose or recycle?

Some fine day, as second- and third-generation EVs take over the roads, there will be loads of used lithium-ion batteries kicking around. According to a new report by the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium (MNTRC), by 2035 there will be between 1.3 million and 6.7 million post-vehicle batteries across the US, “enough batteries to justify… Read more »

Tesla quarterly report: progress on all fronts

Steady progress was the theme of Tesla’s second-quarter report, released after the bell on Thursday. Development of the Gigafactory is firmly on track – the company formalized a partnership agreement with Panasonic, and has broken ground at a site near Reno, Nevada. Although, the final location of the factory is still uncertain. “Consistent with our… Read more »

Tesla’s mass-market EV will have new platform, less aluminum

Tesla’s planned mass-market EV, which represents the culmination of Elon Musk’s grand plan to bring electric vehicles into the mainstream, is still shrouded in mystery. We’ve been told that it will be about 20 percent smaller than the Model S, that it will be priced around $35,000, that it is expected to go on sale… Read more »

GM developing next-generation power inverter

GM is developing a next-generation power inverter capable of 55 kW peak/30 kW continuous power. According to GM’s Sean Gleason, who gave a presentation on the project at the DOE’s Annual Merit Review, GM is almost two-thirds of the way through the $16.6-million project ($6 million of the funding support came from the DOE), which… Read more »

Battery maker Boston-Power secures $250 million in funding, will increase production capacity

Battery maker Boston-Power is closing on a new investment round of $250 million from investors in China and elsewhere, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Venture Capital Dispatch blog. The company was founded in Massachusetts, but moved most of its operations to China in 2011. It currently sells batteries to the Beijing Electric Vehicle Company…. Read more »

Tesla first-quarter results: good news, but not enough to impress Wall Street

There was a lot to like in Tesla’s first-quarter results, announced after the stock market close on Wednesday. Revenue and earnings both beat analysts’ projections, and the company reported steady progress on all fronts, from China to Model X to the Gigafactory. So, did TSLA stock soar in response to the good news? It did… Read more »