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.
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 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.
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