Posts Tagged: Tesla Model 3

Tesla Fremont factory stays open, workers can stay home if they choose

As the San Francisco Bay Area goes into near-lockdown mode, Tesla’s manufacturing facility in Fremont will remain open. Alameda County’s “shelter-in-place” order makes exceptions for “essential businesses,” and a county spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that Tesla falls into this category. UPDATE: Tesla forced to shut down production at Fremont factory The Palo Alto-based… Read more »

Here’s why Tesla transitioned to a semi-custom power module design in Model 3 inverter

A closer look at semiconductor packaging considerations in EVs One of the most critical decisions to be made at the earliest stage of designing a new power converter concerns the packages used for the semiconductors, as pretty much every other aspect of the design hinges on their physical form. This is especially true for the main… Read more »

Does Tesla have a game-changing new battery cell in the pipeline?

There’s little dispute that Tesla has a substantial head start in terms of battery tech vis a vis the legacy automakers. Now Electrek has reported that Tesla has a secret project called “Roadrunner” that could soon enable the company to produce much cheaper battery cells on a massive scale. For some time, it’s been apparent… Read more »

Tesla to use prismatic cells for Chinese Model 3, says new report

From the beginning, Tesla’s use of readily available cylindrical battery cells gave it an advantage over other EV-makers, which used proprietary prismatic or pouch cells. In 2015, JB Straubel explained why Tesla was sticking with cylindrical cells, even though others found it a controversial decision. Over the years, many writers have noted Tesla’s battery tech… Read more »

Tesla on a roll, shorts in the hole as record earnings and Model Y news send stock soaring

Should we pity the poor short sellers, who just lost a cool billion bucks in one day, and over 5 billion so far this year, according to S3 Analytics (via CNBC)? Nah – they should have heeded the old adage about repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting different results. Tesla announced a second straight… Read more »

Does Tesla’s latest patent have to do with its promised million-mile battery?

Last April, Elon Musk announced that a “1 million-mile battery pack” was in the pipeline. As a recent article posted on Forbes points out, today’s typical Li-ion battery packs are more than adequate for individual EV owners, but applications such as taxi services and long-distance trucking will require batteries optimized for longevity (according to writer… Read more »

Tesla delivers 112k vehicles in Q4, blasting through forecasts

Already riding high after reporting a profitable quarter and beginning deliveries from the Chinese Gigafactory, Tesla has delivered another body blow to the fossil auto industry. In Q4 2019, Tesla delivered 112,000 cars, exceeding expectations and blowing through the previous delivery record of 97,000 cars, which was set in Q3. We may never know to… Read more »

Tesla activates Trans-Canadian Supercharger route

This may not be as momentous an occasion as the 1869 opening of the Transcontinental Railroad – but almost. Tesla’s Trans-Canada Supercharger route, which has been under construction for over a year, is now operational, allowing Tesla drivers to take the northern route from coast to coast. Most of the locations are equipped with Tesla’s… Read more »

EVgo to offer Tesla connectors on its nationwide charging network

Tesla drivers are rightly proud of their Supercharger network, but there are times when it would be convenient to use another public charging station. In some regions, the lines at Superchargers are becoming longer, and new third-party public chargers are appearing all over the country. In Europe, Tesla has equipped Model 3 with a CCS… Read more »

Tesla to build European Gigafactory near Berlin

Now that Gigafactory 3 near Shanghai is almost ready to begin production, it’s time to start work on the next one. Speaking at a recent event in Germany, where he received a Golden Steering Wheel award from the German tabloid Bild, Elon Musk announced that Tesla has chosen the Berlin area as the location of… Read more »