Posts Tagged: Tesla

Elon Musk: Tesla’s new Plaid electric motor crazy, new Roadster will have even crazier version

Elon Musk has revealed some details of Tesla’s new Plaid carbon-wrapped electric motor, and teased an even hotter, higher-rpm version that will appear with the next-gen Roadster. The Plaid motor is based on new technology that allows Tesla to build smaller, more powerful and efficient motors than ever. It’s small enough to be picked up… Read more »

Tesla battery supplier CATL planning a large new plant in Shanghai

Chinese battery manufacturer CATL is planning a major new automotive battery plant in Shanghai as it sets “a blistering pace of expansion that will cement its lead as the world’s number-one supplier,” unnamed sources have told Reuters. No timeline has been revealed. Tesla appears to be very much a part of CATL’s growth strategy. The… Read more »

Tesla to use LG’s new NCMA cathode materials in Chinese Model Y

Over the last few years, Tesla has been diversifying its battery supply chain, working with new suppliers and trying out new chemistries in its cells. Gigafactory Shanghai, which is geographically close to the Asian firms that currently supply most of the world’s Li-ion cells, has been the center of the automaker’s brave new battery biz…. Read more »

First Model Y megacasting produced at Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas

Tesla has taken a major step towards implementing an innovative new chassis design—the first Model Y megacasting has come out of the enormous Idra “gigapress” at Gigafactory Texas. Front and rear megacastings will be combined with the company’s new structural battery pack to form the underbody of Model Y. Current automobile chassis are made up… Read more »

Report: Tesla consumed more lithium than next four EV makers combined in 2020

In 2020, Tesla deployed 18,700 tons of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) in the batteries of its new EVs, more than the next four EV makers (BYD, VW, Renault and Audi) combined, according to the report EV Battery Capacity and Battery Metals Tracker by Adamas Intelligence. In total, 67% of Tesla’s 2020 lithium consumption was driven… Read more »

Tesla’s new Materials Applications Team will speed adoption of new materials

Record 0-60 times and useful features such as Fart Mode get most of the press, but behind all of the innovation is materials science. Tesla has long recognized the importance of new materials—in 2016 Elon Musk hired Charles Kuehmann, an expert on metal alloys to lead materials engineering at both Tesla and SpaceX. The most… Read more »

Tesla Q1 deliveries blow past forecasts, set new record

Tesla turned in a delightful delivery report for the first quarter (dated April 2 to head off the skeptics). The figures—180,338 vehicles produced and 184,800 delivered—represent a new all-time quarterly record, a 110% year-over-year increase, and a beat of most of the forecasts—the average of analysts’ estimates was around 177,000. The fat figures are the… Read more »

Tesla selling EV credits to VW in China

It now appears that Tesla has been selling EV regulatory credits on three continents, and ironically Volkswagen, the legacy automaker that seems to be the most serious about electrification, has emerged as the latest buyer. Tesla has made a tidy little side business out of selling EV credits to automakers that couldn’t (or chose not… Read more »

UK cuts EV grants, excludes Tesla

The UK has been an EV leader—along with California, it’s one of the few global regions that’s been taking a comprehensive approach to electrification rather than piecemeal measures. So auto industry groups and media observers were unpleasantly surprised by the government’s recent decision to cut back its existing grants for EV purchases. The Department for… Read more »