Tesla Update: Brace Yourself for B-Day

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
tesla update brace yourself for b day

There’s a big to-do coming up in Tesla’s social calendar. Dubbed “Battery Day,” the occasion seems to have something to do with…well, you can probably read.

Battery Day, on which Tesla will presumably storm the beaches of electrification technology, is slated for September 15th — the same day as a postponed shareholder meeting.

On Monday, the electric automaker said in a regulatory filing that the shareholder meeting wouldn’t go ahead on July 7th, as originally planned. Battery Day is a similarly postponed affair, as Tesla had originally planned to announce some sort of range/capacity breakthrough back in May.

As CEO Elon Musk noted via Twitter, the Sept. 15 date is not set in stone. If it does come to pass, expect a plant tour.

Tentative date for Tesla Shareholder Meeting & Battery Day is Sept 15. Will include tour of cell production system.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 22, 2020

With the help of China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd, Tesla aims to jointly develop a battery capable of travelling one million miles before replacement. It put its intentions into words late last year; last month, news emerged of a plan to outfit the Model 3 sedan with a low-cost, long-life battery in Chinese-market models sometime late this year or early next.

Earlier this month, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology granted the automaker, which hosts an assembly plant in Shanghai, approval to build car with Lithium iron phosphate batteries — a recipe that omits the rare and controversially sourced cobalt found in typical lithium-ion batteries.

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  • Drew8MR Drew8MR on Jun 22, 2020

    "Then there is my Fiesta ST. That car is proof internet forums are full of it. Thia is exactly the car people said “if they’d just build a car like this, I’d buy it.” Well they didn’t." My local Ford dealer stocked as few ST's as possible (which I guess was 2), and both of them were always fully loaded in the shit colors. Then, they made no effort to discount them until they were discontinued. And I already have a Franken7 and an Evo8, so I had a hard time justifying the purchase. But, it got me in the showroom, for what that's worth. First time for personal use since '04 when I bought the Evo. And I gotta admit, used ones scare me a little. Kinda like the fast Neons. Cool cheap car, but 1000% hooned.

  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Jun 22, 2020

    Battery longevity is measured by testing a limited number of sample packs in a controlled lab environment, and then extrapolating the fade rate out in time. Any number of things can keep your pack from performing as well as the lab samples: Cherry-picked test samples, harsh environmental conditions such as vibration and thermal cycling, cell process defects, pack defects, etc. If Tesla would warrant this miracle pack for 30 years or 300,000 miles to 80% of original capacity, then I would be impressed.

  • Wjtinfwb How does the ICE mid-engine C8 platform work for... anything else? A sedan? SUV? With a mid engine configuration? A mid-engine SUV will have to be Suburban sized to offer the utility of a CRV. GM should dust off the Omega platform designed for the Cadillac CT6 for an SUV/Sedan offering with exceptional handling, Rear or AWD capability and acceptable space utilization. They also need to focus on interior fit & finish, trim choices and high quality final engineering and assembly. What GM doesn't need is another half-baked product with a storied and prestigious badge on the decklid and a premium price on the Monroney. No more Cimarron's, Allante's or X-cars needed to tarnish the reputation of Corvette.
  • InCogKneeToe BUILD It and they will come.By Build It, I mean a Vehicle that the Customer Wants and it works for them. It could be called Chevette for all that that matters. The Mach E's success isn't because it totes the Mustang on it.Just build what people want, the next Caravan/Taurus/Beetle/Maverick (truck).
  • YellowDuck Wait...how do you make a mid-engine crossover? Or even a 4-door coupe? Me not get.
  • 28-Cars-Later Thanks Corey. The head stud job on NOrthSTAR-T was $3K *years ago* as it involves an engine pull so rear wheel arch rust in and of itself isn't a show stopper. I'll be sure to check out the trunk as it may start to add up on deferred maintenance. Supposedly this was garaged so the underneath the rockers etc. should be decent but if those are shot its not gonna work.
  • Mark 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, G4NG engine with connecting rod bearing issues. Engine needs to be replaced, but Hyundai is denying warranty claim. I have all maintenance records from mile zero. It has been in Hyundai Service department 5 time in 4 months. They added the knock sensor and software update to let you know the engine is about to blow up. They kicked the can down the road doing patch work until the car was past the 120k extended extended warranty. I have that documentation too. So how can I join the class action law suit or find a Lawyer that handles these types of issues?
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