Friday 13th November 2020
Elon Musk and Tesla made headlines three years ago when the company boss made a bet that he wanted to build the world’s largest storage battery in Australia within 100 days. The 100 megawatts output – and was actually completed within the deadline.
Now the Californian company is stepping up, because the system that Tesla operates together with the French energy company Neoen has now increased its output to 150 megawatts and can now deliver 194 megawatt hours. The system nevertheless had to give up the title of the largest lithium-ion battery in the world – it is located in Otay Mesa, California, is operated by LS Power and offers 230 megawatts of power.
Neoen and Tesla do not want to put up with that, have already registered a 250 megawatt system in Australia and want to offer capacities of up to 450 megawatts in the near future.
Europe is far behind in the race for the largest battery in the world. One reason for this is provided by a study (registration required) by the consultancy Wood Mackenzie: The bureaucracy’s hurdles are too high and complicated. Also because politicians underestimate the challenges, other regions – such as the USA, China and Australia – are ahead in this area.
Wednesday November 11, 2020
Time and again, Tesla supplies its existing fleet of Model S, X and 3 with smaller updates that make the vehicles competitive in the constantly evolving market. So they sometimes get new switch consoles, new rims, better software or even more powerful engines.
Now German Tesla drivers and users of the “Tesla Drivers and Friends” forum have reported that they have noticed a change in the Model 3 cars offered in Germany. These would now be advertised at 82 kilowatt hours instead of the previous 79 kilowatt hours – an increase of around five percent. The “Electrek” portal also confirms the increase.
Tesla’s battery partner, Panasonic, would have previously announced the five percent increase. At the time, it was unclear when the improved batteries would be installed in the first models. Now a new German Tesla customer seems to be one of the first to receive a new Model 3.
Tuesday November 10, 2020
Elon Musk has just stopped by on a surprise visit to Berlin to hold personal interviews with potential Tesla engineers. Now the first photos of the Gigafactory in Grünheide near Berlin have appeared from an unknown source, as the Twitter account @ Gf4Tesla writes.
Although the photos do not show any office space or individual rooms, they do give a glimpse into the huge production halls of the factory, which measures almost 730,000 square meters covered. You can see the first leaked images in the tweet below.
During this period of time, which Musk had often referred to as “production and logistics hell” in the past, the company was primarily occupied with increasing production of the Model 3 enormously in order to meet the increased interest of potential buyers.
Tuesday 3rd November 2020
Tesla’s beta test for the autonomous driving software FSD (“Fully Self-Driving”) has been running for over a week. Selected Tesla drivers, who already have a suitable vehicle and the option to book FSD, are now driving their Teslas on public roads in the United States as monitoring passengers.
Some can’t get out of the praise for Elon Musk, Tesla and the software team behind the autonomous software, publish videos, tweets and Instagram pictures in which they express their enthusiasm for FSD. But there is also criticism.
Monday 2nd November 2020
Tesla is not only an e-car manufacturer, but is also driving the development of autonomous driving. The Californian company recently started the public beta test phase of its FSD software, which selected Tesla drivers are now using on American roads.
On Twitter, the Association of Tesla Drivers of Silicon Valley asked Tesla boss Elon Musk how often updates for the software were released. His answer: every five to ten days.