Posts Tagged: Tesla Gigafactory

Maxwell’s Teflon-fibrilizing electrode process could save Tesla big bucks on battery manufacture

Tesla has completed the acquisition of Maxwell Technologies, a company that’s known for its pioneering work with supercapacitors. However, Electrek’s Fred Lambert and others have noted that Tesla’s interest in Maxwell probably has less to do with supercapacitors than with the company’s “dry electrode” technology. Randy Carlson, in an article posted on Seeking Alpha, provides… Read more »

Tesla foresees global shortages of nickel, copper and other minerals used in EVs

EVs use twice as much copper as legacy vehicles, and smart phones, tablets and other popular consumer electronics are also consuming increasing amounts of the conductive metal. Growing demand and tight supply could soon lead to shortages of copper, nickel and other key minerals used in EV batteries. As Reuters reports, Sarah Maryssael, Tesla’s Global… Read more »

Tesla developing new battery recycling process at Gigafactory

All forms of transport have environmental impacts, and the mainstream media is fond of speculating that those of EVs are just as bad as those of fossil fuel vehicles. Some facts and figures to rebut the croakers may be found in Tesla’s 2019 Impact Report, in which the company discloses the impacts of its products… Read more »

Tesla and Panasonic reported to be reconsidering Gigafactory expansion plans

Earlier this week, Nikkei reported that Tesla and Panasonic have suspended plans to expand the capacity of Gigafactory 1. The two companies had planned to increase capacity at the Nevada plant by about 50 percent by 2020, but financial problems have forced them to put those plans on hold, the newspaper said. Panasonic will “study… Read more »

Investors sue to stop Tesla’s acquisition of Maxwell Technologies

A group of investors has filed a class action lawsuit in San Diego federal court to stop Tesla’s acquisition of battery and ultracapacitor innovator Maxwell Technologies. Bloomberg Terminal reports (via Electrek)  that the litigants are calling the price of $4.75 per share (over $200 million total) and the process that led to the deal “unfair.” This… Read more »

Tesla and Jeff Dahn patent new battery cell chemistry

Tesla’s battery research group in Halifax, which is led by battery superstar Jeff Dahn, has applied for a patent on a new battery cell chemistry that promises to deliver faster charging, longer life and lower cost. In the application, entitled “Novel battery systems based on two-additive electrolyte systems,” Dahn and his team explain that adding… Read more »

Tesla to acquire ultracapacitor developer Maxwell Technologies

Tesla plans to acquire Maxwell Technologies at a price of $4.75 per share, or approximately $218 million. The merger, which was unanimously approved by Maxwell’s board of directors, is to be finalized around the second quarter of 2019. Maxwell is based in San Diego and has about 380 employees. The company will be familiar to… Read more »

Tesla buys land for Chinese factory

Tesla has acquired a 210-acre piece of land in the Lingang region of Shanghai for its planned Gigafactory 3. No price has been announced. Lingang is located on the coast, about 47 miles from the center of Shanghai. Several automakers with foreign connections have facilities there, and unmarked test vehicles are often seen on the… Read more »

Tesla’s “responsible sourcing” policy for cobalt and other exotics

How do you solve a problem like cobalt? The blue metallic element is used in significant quantities in EV batteries, but half the world’s supply of comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a war-torn land in which child labor is common. Several automakers are already taking steps to reduce their use of the costly… Read more »

Former Tesla execs launch plan for European Gigafactory

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… Read more »