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Analysts share a behind-the-scenes tour of Tesla’s Gigafactory

Can Tesla produce Model 3s in volume, and make a profit? That’s the question of the day (or maybe, of the century). Investment management firm Worm Capital (among others) believes that the answer depends on how efficiently the company is able to manufacture its battery packs, and it recently sent a team to visit Tesla’s… Read more »

Analyst visits Tesla factory, says Model 3 production is on track for 8,000 units per week

Tesla seems to have settled into a sustainable Model 3 production rate of at least 5,000 units per week. In its recent shareholder letter, the company reported that it had eliminated some bottlenecks, and now hopes to produce over 50,000 Model 3s during the current quarter. Tesla’s friends were happy to hear that the frenzied… Read more »

Mersen beats next generation DOE power density targets through Stack Reference designs

150 kVA – 16kW/L SiC power stack for heavy-duty EV Mersen partnered with AgileSwitch and FTCAP to develop two high performance 3-phase inverter power stack reference designs. The SiC MOSFET version uses Wolfspeed SiC modules to deliver 150 kVA at a power density of 16 kVA/l, exceeding the DOE’s 2020 roadmap for electric vehicle applications…. Read more »

Blue Bird awarded $4.4 million to develop electric school bus

Blue Bird buses are familiar to every American who has kids, or who ever attended school. The Georgia-based manufacturer (Nasdaq: BLBD) has built over 550,000 buses since its formation in 1927, and approximately 180,000 of its classic yellow buses are in operation today. Now the company has won a grant of $4.4 million from the… Read more »

Green Commuter receives grant from TVA for electric car sharing service in Chattanooga

Green Commuter, a vanpool and car share service that operates a fleet of Tesla Model X in Los Angeles, has received a $750,000 grant from the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) to launch an electric car sharing service in the Tennessee city. The award is part of a $3-million grant from the Tennessee Valley… Read more »

Canadian government budget includes $62.5 million for alternative fuel infrastructure

Canada’s newly elected Liberal party unveiled its first budget this week. It anticipates sizable deficits for the next two years, so there seems to be little cash to spare for promoting EVs. No federal tax credit or other purchase incentives were announced, but there is a respectable amount for investment in fueling infrastructure. From the… Read more »

Motorola invests in magnesium-ion battery startup Pellion

Motorola Solutions has invested an unspecified amount in Pellion Technologies, a startup that was founded by a team of MIT researchers. Pellion is focused on commercializing magnesium-ion battery technology. Because magnesium is divalent, it can displace double the charge per ion that lithium can, and the element is more abundant and more stable. Magnesium-ion batteries… Read more »