The Tesla Semi just made its first cargo trip transporting battery packs

March 8, 2018 by  
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The Tesla Semi recently hit the roads on its very first production cargo trip, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk , who posted a picture to social media. The image showed two of the heavy duty trucks Musk said would ferry battery packs from the Nevada Gigafactory to Tesla’s California car factory. First production cargo trip of the Tesla Semi heavy duty truck, carrying battery packs from the Gigafactory in the Nevada mountains to the car factory in California A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Mar 7, 2018 at 11:23am PST Tesla Semis recently embarked on the 258-mile trip between the first Gigafactory and Tesla’s factory in Fremont, Inverse reported . The journey would take around four hours and pass through Sacramento. Production on the trucks isn’t anticipated to start until next year, so Inverse said it isn’t clear if the cargo trip is basically a real-world test or marks the beginning of regularly scheduled deliveries. According to Electrek , Tesla vice president of Trucks and Programs Jerome Guillen said in 2017 the company would be their own first customer, utilizing the vehicles to transport cargo between the Gigafacory and Fremont car factory. Related: Tesla is selling its solar products in Home Depot stores starting in July Inverse pointed out this is the first time since Tesla unveiled the Semi late last year we’ve glimpsed the vehicle with an attached trailer. Other sightings had shown the Semi on its own. The Semi will have a range of 300 miles or 500 miles, with expected base prices of $150,000 or $180,000, respectively, according to the Tesla Semi web page. Tesla said the truck features “badass performance,” boasting an acceleration of zero to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds. The vehicle, which they described as the safest truck ever, will be equipped with four independent motors and Enhanced Autopilot. The company also said the Tesla Semi offers $200,000 or more in fuel savings, saying, “ Electric energy costs are half those of diesel .” Inverse said Tesla has accepted preorders from UPS, Walmart, Pepsi, Sysco, and Anheuser-Busch, to name a few companies. + Tesla Semi + Elon Musk Instagram Via Inverse Images via Tesla

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Tesla’s Gigafactory is getting a $350 million upgrade to build Model 3 parts

January 19, 2017 by  
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Tesla ‘s massive Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada is expanding weeks after kicking off production of lithium-ion batteries . The electric carmaker and clean energy storage company is planning to invest $350 million in a project to manufacture electric motors and gearboxes for the Model 3 — Tesla’s first affordable EV, which is priced at $35,000 before tax incentives and is expected to hit the assembly line this year. Tesla will hire an additional 550 people for the project on top of the 6,500 workers the company has already committed to employing at the Gigafactory. The expansion news was revealed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval during his State of the State address on Tuesday and confirmed by Tesla. Steve Hill, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, told the newspaper the Nevada Appeal that he expects Tesla will eventually have 10,000 workers at the site, which when completed will be the biggest building in the world with a footprint of 10 million square feet. According to Tesla, the Gigafactory will indirectly create another 20,000 to 30,000 jobs in the surrounding area. Related: Tesla to power Gigafactory with world’s largest solar rooftop installation Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s goal is to make 500,000 mostly Model 3 electric cars by the end of 2018 and one million EVs by 2020. The cars are assembled at the company’s Fremont, California factory. The city recently approved a major expansion of the facility that includes 11 new buildings covering 4.6 million square feet of manufacturing space. The city anticipates that the factory expansion will increase employment by 3,100 workers. Tesla is also planning to build a second gigafactory in Europe, with the location still to be announced. Gigafactory 2 will manufacture both lithium-ion batteries and electric cars. + Tesla Via CNBC Images via Tesla , Wikimedia

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Total sea ice levels on Earth lower than ever before recorded

January 19, 2017 by  
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Arctic sea ice levels have been plummeting, and once again, the total amount of sea ice we have on our planet is currently at a record low. One meteorologist said, based on reconstructions, we probably have the least amount of sea ice Earth has seen in millennia. The area covered by sea ice floating on Earth’s oceans is the smallest we’ve ever recorded since we started monitoring via satellite in the 1970’s. National Snow and Ice Data Center measurements reveal global sea ice levels are low in 2017 after setting similar dubious records in 2016 . Related: Here’s how much Arctic sea ice melt you are personally responsible for Low levels of Arctic sea ice can be connected back to both climate change and strange weather events that were probably impacted by climate change. Sea ice extent should be growing right now, as it’s winter in the Arctic, but warm air incursions have raised temperatures in addition to the effects of climate change. The case is slightly different in the Antarctic ; there, scientists say low levels of seasonal sea ice could have resulted because of natural variability, although sea ice area has been plunging even swifter than expected for summer. Meteorologist Eric Holthaus said on Twitter , we have “the least area of sea ice on our planet that we’ve ever measured – probably the lowest in millennia” and pointed to a PAGES (Past Global Changes) article written by two scientists who reconstructed past sea ice extent for evidence. It’s possible sea ice levels could rise in the near future, but then fall back down to levels even lower than what we’re experiencing today. Climate scientist Ed Hawkins said Arctic sea ice decline is like a ” ball bouncing down a bumpy hill ” – sea ice will continue to decline, but might rise up temporarily before continuing its distressing descent. Via New Scientist Images via Pixabay and National Snow and Ice Data Center

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Tesla to power Gigafactory with world’s largest solar rooftop installation

January 11, 2017 by  
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Just last week Tesla announced battery production had started at their Nevada Gigafactory , but didn’t mention one thrilling detail in their January 4 announcement : the Gigafactory could be powered by the world’s largest solar rooftop installation. An investor handout revealed a 70-megawatt (MW) solar array along with ground solar panels could enable the massive factory to operate entirely on clean energy . The 70 MW solar array would be around seven times larger than any rooftop arrays currently installed, according to Tesla’s exciting handout released by Electrek and confirmed as genuine by The Verge. The rooftop array currently boasting the title of world’s largest is a 11.5 MW installation in India. The United States’ biggest rooftop array is a 10 MW array atop a California Whirlpool distribution center. Related: Tesla just kicked off battery production at its massive Nevada Gigafactory SolarCity will likely manufacture the solar panels, according to The Verge, as Tesla acquired the solar energy company in November. Powerpacks will store any excess energy generated by the vast solar installation. Tesla said in the handout the “all-electric” factory will be able to run with greater efficiency and will produce zero carbon emissions. Heating and water use at the Gigafactory will also be sustainable. In the handout, Tesla said a large part of heating for the building would come from waste heat obtained from production processes. Also, “Gigafactory’s closed-loop water supply system uses six different treatment systems to efficiently re-circulate about 1.5 million liters (that’s around 400,000 gallons) of water, representing an 80 percent reduction in fresh water usage compared with standard processes.” Tesla even said they’re building a recycling facility at the Gigafactory that will be able to “safely reprocess” battery cells, packs, and modules to obtain metal usable in new cells. It appears Elon Musk’s revolutionary company is once again raising the bar for corporate sustainability. Via The Verge and Electrek Images via h080 on Flickr and Tesla

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Tesla just kicked off battery production at its massive Nevada Gigafactory

January 5, 2017 by  
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Tesla just took a big step towards realizing CEO Elon Musk’s vision of a sustainable energy future by kicking off the mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at its Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada. Tesla has set an ambitious target of eventually producing 150 GWh of lithium-ion battery cells annually – enough batteries to support up to 1.5 million electric vehicles. Tesla also plans on manufacturing as many as 500,000 cars per year before 2020. There are more than 400,000 pre-orders for the Model 3 so the demand is certainly there. The electric vehicle maker and clean energy storage company partnered with Panasonic to design, engineer and manufacture the “2170 battery cell” (21 millimeters in diameter and 70 millimeters in length). The 2170 cells that began production Wednesday will be used in Tesla’s Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy products. The batteries for the Model 3 — the company’s first affordable EV, which is priced at $35,000 and expected to hit the assembly line this year — are set to start production in the second quarter. Tesla said that by 2018 the Gigafactory will produce 35 GWh/year of lithium-ion battery cells, “nearly as much as the rest of the entire world’s battery production combined.” The Gigafactory is being built in phases, with nearly 30 percent completed — a footprint of 1.9 million square feet. When the 10 million square foot structure is completed, Tesla expects it to be the biggest building in the world. A second Gigafactory is planned for Europe, with the location yet to be announced. Related: Panasonic investing $256M in Tesla’s Buffalo solar manufacturing plant While Musk has discussed how increasing automation will likely lead to a universal basic income for displaced workers, he is doing his part to create jobs. Tesla and Panasonic said they will hire several thousand employees this year and at peak production, the Gigafactory will employ 6,500 people and indirectly create another 20,000 to 30,000 jobs in the surrounding area. + Tesla + Panasonic Via Greentech Media Images via Tesla 1 , 2

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Elon Musk wants to build Tesla Gigafactories all around the world

August 1, 2016 by  
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Last week the world got its first glimpse of Tesla’s massive Nevada Gigafactory . With excitement about the factory high, Musk is already looking ahead – to a future where Gigafactories pop up all around the world. Musk said , “Obviously long term it’s going to make sense to have a Gigafactory in Europe, one in China, and probably one in India.” Musk wants to build Gigafactories wherever people want electric vehicles : “Ultimately, wherever there is a huge amount of demand for the end product, and where the shipping costs are to become significant, then the obvious way to optimize that is to put the Gigafactory on the same continent, or at least within reasonable logistics range of the end customer.” Related: Tesla opens the Gigafactory’s doors for a first look The massive Sparks, Nevada factory could have an ” annual battery production capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours ” in 2018. At full capacity, the Gigafactory would make more batteries each year than the entire world produced in 2013. Tesla expects to need those lithium ion batteries – a company post stated: “With a planned production rate of 500,000 cars per year in the latter half of this decade, Tesla alone will require today’s entire worldwide production of lithium ion batteries.” The Nevada Gigafactory is just 14 percent done, but according to the BBC , the construction is “two years ahead of schedule.” Ultimately the plant will cost around $5 billion, but Musk hopes the Gigafactory will cut costs for Tesla. Just like Tesla cars, the factory will be powered by clean energy, and it will also provide battery recycling services. When might Gigafactories start popping up around the globe? Probably not any time soon, as the Nevada Gigafactory is still under construction. As it will probably be just 31 percent complete next year, we might have to wait a few years before we enter a world populated with multiple Gigafactories. Via Carscoops and the BBC Images via Tesla Facebook and OnInnovation on Flickr

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Tesla opens the Gigafactory’s doors for a first look

July 27, 2016 by  
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Tesla opened its sprawling Gigafactory to members of the press on Tuesday for an exclusive tour, as well as a chat with CEO Elon Musk . Reporters got a sneak peek at the factory’s progress, now two years in construction, just two days before the facility’s official grand opening party on July 29. The factory, just outside Reno, Nevada, is around 14 percent complete, with some sections already bustling with robotic assembly machines. Once the plant is up and running at full capacity, Musk says it will cut the cost of the lithium-based car batteries by 30 percent. Construction on the massive battery factory is ongoing with an ambitious goal to reach completion by 2020. Then, the Gigafactory is expected to wind up being the largest building in the world at a whopping 5.8 million square feet. Part of the factory, called Section A, is already operational; giant robotic arms are taking battery cells manufactured at one of Tesla’s other facilities and assembling them into battery packs for the company’s electric cars. Reporters on the tour noted that Sections D and E will soon have floors poured, suggesting that things are moving right along. The factory’s current output isn’t clear, but once the entire plant is up and running with two or three floors of robotics, it is projected to nearly double the world’s production of lithium-based batteries. Related: Tesla’s Gigafactory to host grand opening party on July 29 The Gigafactory is a $5 billion project and Panasonic, the Japan-based electronics company that already makes Tesla’s battery cells, invested $2 billion to make it happen. Reporters on the tour weren’t allowed to see or photograph any of that company’s equipment, though. It, like much of the other equipment already installed inside the factory, is still something of a secret. During the event, Musk talked about the Gigafactory’s progress, as well as his broader vision for the future of the company. The entrepreneur is known far and wide for his ambitious goals and wild ideas. With his hands on the wheel of the world’s most successful private space exploration company SpaceX and Tesla’s recent offer to purchase SolarCity , in addition to pushing Tesla forward into battery country, it’s a wonder the man has any time left to come up with new ideas. But he does. “I believe we are on track to meet the half million by 2018,” Musk told reporters during a Q&A session, when asked about Tesla’s ramped-up car production goals . The company had originally planned to hit the half million mark by 2020, but recently accelerated the already ambitious goal by two years. In an effort to hit that target, the Gigafactory will eventually employ up to 10,000 people, which is 4,000 more than initially estimated. For those of us not lucky enough to visit the Gigafactory in person, journalists from Wired put together a video with some glimpses inside the enormous manufacturing plant, which can be viewed here . Via Phys.org and BBC Images via Tesla Motors

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Tesla’s Gigafactory to host grand opening on July 29

May 31, 2016 by  
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Ain’t no party like a Tesla party! The California-based luxury car company (turned battery company ) is gearing up for the grand opening of its enormous Gigafactory located outside Reno, Nevada. Tesla announced late last week that the battery factory will open in just two months, with a celebration scheduled for July 29 . Oddly, this grand opening will be a lot different than most others, in that the factory is nowhere near fully operational and construction will continue long after party goers have gone home. Embed from Getty Images Fortune broke the news last week, describing the event as a sort of customer appreciation party. Some Tesla customers learned about the bash via email, when they were informed about winning tickets to the July 29 event—a perk the company extended to previous buyers who referred at least five new Tesla owners. The email doesn’t say much about what will happen at the grand opening party or who else might be in attendance, but it’s probably safe to assume the company’s CEO Elon Musk would join in the revelry. (He’s a pretty fun guy , after all.) Those lucky Tesla owners could be the first members of the public to see inside the giant facility, where Tesla is already manufacturing Powerwall batteries for commercial clients. Related: Take a first look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory It’s difficult to say how much of the factory will have been built prior to party time. Actually, Tesla has already held a number of smaller (also private) events in the areas of the Gigafactory where construction is complete. As of the beginning of May, Bloomberg estimates only 14 percent of the factory had been constructed. There are no updates to suggest how much will be finished by the end of July. The massive $5 billion factory has a footprint spanning 130 acres, making it arguably the largest building in the world . We hope Tesla remembered to invite the folks from the Guinness Book of World Records to the party. Hopefully, they will also invite some members of the press to cover the event, so that nobody has to risk getting arrested just to get a look around. Via CNET Images via QLC Tech Videos (screenshot)

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No, Tesla doesn’t lose $4,000 every time they sell a Model S

August 12, 2015 by  
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Since Tesla’s second quarter earnings report, catchy headlines have been popping up saying the company is losing $4,000 for every car sold. That figure has been arrived at by some simple math: Tesla reported an operating loss of $47 million for April, May, and June, and in that time, they sold 11,532 cars. Divide the loss by the number of cars sold and you arrive at a $4,000 loss per car. Except, as any Chief Financial Officer will tell you, companies are far more complicated than that. Read the rest of No, Tesla doesn’t lose $4,000 every time they sell a Model S

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Tesla responds to complaints, boosts Powerwall capability from 2kW to 5kW

June 16, 2015 by  
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Tesla’s Powerwall is poised to be one of the biggest product launches ever , and the home battery has already sold out through 2016 . The company is currently constructing the “ Gigafactory ” in Nevada, which will produce batteries for their cars, alongside the Powerwall and Powerpack systems, and Elon Musk reckons that when it’s complete it’ll be among the largest structures in the world. But that doesn’t mean that criticism of their game-changing technologies fall on deaf ears—according to GreenTech Media , Musk recently told shareholders that the capability of the Powerwall is going to be lifted from 2kW to 5kW, but the price will remain the same. Read the rest of Tesla responds to complaints, boosts Powerwall capability from 2kW to 5kW Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elon musk , Gigafactory , home battery , powerpack , powerwall , powerwall capacity , powerwall kW , solar battery , tesla , tesla battery , tesla energy , tesla shareholders

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