Posts Tagged: Tesla Gigafactory

Is the honeymoon over for Tesla and Panasonic?

The relationship between Tesla and Panasonic has been a rocky one from the start. When Gigafactory 1 was in the planning stages, the Japanese giant waffled about how much it planned to invest, causing TSLA stock to gyrate. Panasonic doesn’t seem to have prospered from the partnership – the conglomerate’s battery unit is reported to… Read more »

Tesla’s acquisition of battery manufacturer Hibar points to new plans to build battery cells

Tesla has quietly acquired Ontario-based Hibar Systems, which specializes in battery manufacturing. The California carmaker has made no official announcement, but Electric Autonomy Canada learned from federal lobby registration documents that Hibar became a subsidiary of Tesla sometime between July and October. Hibar Systems was founded in the early 1970s to make small cell batteries,… Read more »

Tesla battery experts describe million-mile cell in new paper

At the Tesla Autonomy Event in April, Elon Musk said the Disruptors of Detroit were working on a new battery pack that would last a cool million miles, and said it would be available next year. Now Tesla battery research partner Jeff Dahn and his team have released a paper in which they describe this… Read more »

Tesla Gigafactory 3 in China approved for production, robots moving in

Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai has received its first “comprehensive acceptance certificate,” a necessary permit from the government to begin operations, China’s Global Times reported. Both bureaucracy and construction are moving at record speed – the certificate was approved within 3 days, and a mere 7 months after construction began, Tesla is already installing production… Read more »

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 »