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American Manganese Positions Itself To Lead The Charge Into EV Battery Recycling

July 16th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

American Manganese (AM) says it can retrieve 100% of the lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese and aluminum from batteries, like those used in plug-in vehicles, using technology it originally developed to process low-grade manganese ores. We spoke with American Manganese CEO Larry Reaugh about its roots in mining and how he believes it sets them up to lead the charge into plug-in vehicle battery recycling.

Tesla’s [Ahem, Elon’s] Unconventional Approach To Media Criticism

July 14th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Negative media coverage is a fact of life for any company, large or small. However, as it does in so many areas, Tesla approaches this problem quite differently than most firms do. Conventional wisdom has long been that companies shouldn’t respond to attacks in the media, but Elon Musk never got that memo. He responds quickly, forcefully, and often colorfully

Tesla On Track To Pass Porsche In Annual Vehicle Sales In 2018

July 11th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla's vehicle prices are aimed straight at the heart of luxury vehicles built and sold by the big German auto manufacturers. Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, and Audi have all been taken on very directly with Tesla's vehicles. Surprisingly, they have yet to really respond with any vehicles that can fight back against the onslaught

Tesla Gigafactory Battery Tech Risk Is A Myth

July 7th, 2018 | by Christopher Arcus

It is no secret that Tesla's Gigafactory represents an important advantage in lowering battery cell costs and supplying battery cells for storage and electric vehicles. But its a myth that factory investment ties Tesla to one lithium battery technology. In fact, we know Tesla already produces both NCA and NMC cells at the Gigafactory, but even other tech (like solid-state batteries) is compatible with existing production equipment

Chatting With Tesla START Graduates

July 1st, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Tesla is looking to provide a smooth transition from college to full-time employment for those interested in an electric vehicle future. One of its programs, Tesla’s Student Automotive Technician Program (aka Tesla START), was designed to help the next generation develop tech expertise through classes, labs, and hands-on learning. Tesla has partnered with North American colleges to integrate its START program into their automotive technician curriculums

Tesla Sues Saboteur, Elon Tweets About Tents And Factories In Europe

June 23rd, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

Tesla has filed a federal law suit against the person it says stole reams of proprietary information and made false statements to the press about the company. In a series of Tweets, Elon Musk said the new Model 3 assembly line was built from scrap and that a decision on a European Gigafactory is near.

Cobalt-Free Car Batteries In The Works For Panasonic & Tesla

June 9th, 2018 | by Carolyn Fortuna

With cobalt prices soaring and ethical questions about artisanal mining continuing, Panasonic has announced that it is in the process of developing cobalt-free EV batteries. Panasonic, the world’s largest automotive lithium-ion battery manufacturer and Tesla's exclusive battery cell supplier for the Model 3 sedan, produces the cells at the joint Gigafactory 1 in Nevada

Tesla Model 3 Battery Capacity Shipments In Q3 2018 Will Exceed All Non-Tesla EVs Combined

June 7th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel regularly talk about how they are constantly on the lookout for the next big thing in energy storage. To date, the 2170 cells that go into Tesla's current energy storage products and the Model 3 appear to be the best of breed. That's a conditional statement that necessarily balances availability of raw materials, battery cost, energy density, power density, and a number of other factors, but it is clear that Tesla is the world's leader in lithium-ion battery production for electric cars in a number of measurable ways

Tesla Energy Hits 1 Gigawatt-Hour Milestone In 2 Years

June 5th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla regularly makes headlines in the mainstream media for its surprisingly rare vehicle fires, delays in the base version of the Model 3, and CEO Elon Musk's Twitter rants, but beyond the headlines, Tesla's Energy business has been chugging away. As part of that, since 2015, Tesla has installed over 1 gigawatt-hour (GWh) of storage around the world

Tesla Airlifts Robots To Save Money, Jumping Last Hurdle To 6,000 Model 3’s A Week — #Pravduh

May 26th, 2018 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter last night that 6 planeloads of equipment that Tesla just flew from Germany to California are indeed robots from Grohmann. Don't envision Westworld-like robots occupying all the seats in a jumbo jet, enjoying the latest movie. These are automated assembly systems for the Gigafactory to solve the last problems with battery module assembly. For over half a year, it is known that the biggest hurdle to ramping the Model 3 production is unexpected limitations of the battery assembly line

Panasonic Capitalizes On Tesla Partnership, Eyes Expansion In China & Beyond

May 14th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Panasonic confirmed in recent days that it has not locked in a deal yet with Tesla for its Chinese Gigafactory. Several Panasonic executives commented on the matter, noting that plans are "not solidified yet" and that "nothing is set in stone." It's unclear if that's glass-half-full or glass-half-empty commentary, but the next line leads one to think it's in the plans

WSJ: Tesla = “A Car Company That Looks More Like A Software Company,” Elon A Whizz At Solving Production Bottlenecks

May 12th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

What's really happening on the factory floor at Tesla? The Wall Street Journal's John D. Stoll was lucky enough to get an inside look. He acknowledges that "the plant is closely guarded against outsiders—rarely open to media, analysts, let alone competitors ... [but] I took a tour on Thursday, observing the body shop where 1,068 robots were welding, gluing or riveting together parts for dozens of Model 3 sedans."

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