Posts Tagged: Tesla Model X

Tesla acquires factory automation specialist Perbix

Tesla has announced plans to acquire Minnesota-based Perbix, which builds some of the equipment used at Tesla’s factories. Perbix, founded as a maker of machining equipment 41 years ago, has provided Tesla with automated tools, including a system that makes drive-unit rotors. Tesla also has Perbix equipment in its Nevada Gigafactory. “Perbix, which has been… Read more »

Former Tesla production head offers insourcing insights

For years, automakers have been steadily outsourcing more and more of their manufacturing. Modern vehicles are assembled from parts made by suppliers all over the world, and in some cases, even the final assembly is done under contract by companies such as Magna and Valmet. Tesla has reversed this trend to a certain extent –… Read more »

Tesla reveals new dual-connector charging port

Tesla has unveiled a new charging port design for Models S and X, featuring dual connectors, which will initially be introduced only in China. The current charging port on Tesla vehicles features different connectors in different markets. In the US and Canada, it uses Tesla’s own proprietary connector; in Europe, it uses the standard Mennekes… Read more »

Tesla names two new “independent” members to board of directors

Tesla has added two new directors to its board. Linda Johnson Rice is the Chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Ebony Media Holdings. She has extensive experience serving on corporate boards across a wide variety of industries, including Bausch & Lomb, Quaker Oats, Dial and Kimberly-Clark. The other new director… Read more »

Analyst predicts Tesla will have a near-monopoly in EVs

As Tesla soars and the legacy automakers waffle, a classic disruption scenario, unthinkable only a couple of years ago, seems ever more likely. The latest to reach this conclusion is analyst Alexander Haissl of Hamburg’s Berenberg Bank, who predicts in a recent report that Tesla will end up with a near-monopoly of the EV market…. Read more »

New factory could supercharge Tesla’s Chinese fortune

After a slow start, Tesla’s sales are starting to take off in the world’s largest auto market. The company sold 10,400 vehicles in China in 2016 – triple the previous year’s figure – and sales for the first three months of 2017 have put it on track to double that this year. China represented around… Read more »

Tesla pays for Destination Chargers that charge other automakers’ EVs

In addition to its Superchargers, Tesla has been installing Level 2 Destination Chargers at locations such as hotels and restaurants – over 5,000 so far. Tesla installs the chargers for free, and the host covers the electric bill. In the US, Tesla chargers use a proprietary connector, so theoretically only Tesla vehicles can use them…. Read more »

A look inside Tesla’s Nvidia supercomputer

All Tesla vehicles produced since October 2016 are equipped with a powerful computer that will eventually enable fully self-driving capability. Nvidia describes its Drive PX 2 as “the world’s first AI supercomputer for self-driving cars.” It has the computing power of about 150 MacBook Pros, and the company estimates that one can support Level 4… Read more »