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Tesla quietly acquires battery production expert in push to make its own cells

Tesla quietly acquires battery production expert in push to make its own cells

Tesla has quietly acquired a battery manufacturing and engineering company based in Canada called ‘Hibar Systems’ in a push to start making its own battery cells. There’s no detail available about the acquisition other than Tesla listing Hibar Systems as a subsidiary in its official filings with the Canadian Federal lobby registration, as first reported by Canada’s Electric Autonomy. The manufacturing company wasn’t on Tesla’s subsidiary list in July and now it appeared on it on October 2 – meaning that the acquisition happened in the last 4 months. Hibar has since gone dark, killed its...

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October 8, 2019
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Elon Musk: Tesla electric 'Cybertruck' pickup is our best product ever

Elon Musk: Tesla electric 'Cybertruck' pickup is our best product ever

While Elon Musk didn’t want to talk about the upcoming Tesla pickup truck today, he still managed to hype the vehicle up by saying that the ‘Cybertruck’ could be Tesla’s best product ever. Many people, including financial analysts, are trying to know more about the upcoming Tesla vehicle. During the conference call following Tesla’s Q3 2019 earnings, Elon Musk didn’t want to comment about Tesla’s pickup truck when asked by an analyst. Yet, the CEO went on to say that he thinks the pickup truck, which he is now calling the Tesla ‘Cybertruck’, might end up being the automaker’s “best...

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October 28, 2019
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Elon Musk tells Tesla employees to 'ignore stock price' in leak email

Elon Musk tells Tesla employees to 'ignore stock price' in leak email

In an email obtained by Electrek, CEO Elon Musk tells Tesla employees to “ignore stock price” as it soars to new highs in a market rally. Over the last few weeks, Tesla’s stock price blew past its longtime all-time high to now over $430 per share. CEO Elon Musk addressed the recent rally in an email titled “Please ignore stock price” sent to Tesla employees and obtained by Electrek. Musk wrote: “My silly jokes on Twitter are just that. What really matters is our actual execution and effectiveness as a company.” When he talks about “silly jokes”, he is likely referring to him tweeting...

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December 29, 2019
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Tesla launches solar rental service, can get a solar panel system for $50 per month

Tesla launches solar rental service, can get a solar panel system for $50 per month

Tesla is launching today a solar rental service – a brand new way to get a solar panel system on your roof for as little as $50 per month without any long-term contract. SolarCity pioneered new models to sell solar power systems with no upfront cost by leasing them to homeowners and selling them the electricity it generates, like a regular electric utility. The model created impressive growth, but it required them to pay for the costly systems upfront on most installations, which weighed heavy on their financials. When Tesla acquired SolarCity back in 2016, it gradually moved away from...

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August 17, 2019
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Tesla launches its Megapack, a new massive 3 MWh energy storage product

Tesla launches its Megapack, a new massive 3 MWh energy storage product

Tesla is launching today its ‘Megapack’, a massive new energy storage product that combines up to 3 MWh of storage capacity and a 1.5 MW inverter. Electrek exclusively reported last year that Tesla has been working on a new energy storage system called ‘Megapack’. We found out that Tesla was going to use the Megapack at a giant new energy storage project in California. Today, almost a year later, the company is now officially launching the product. Tesla wrote about it in a blog post: “Megapack significantly reduces the complexity of large-scale battery storage and provides an easy...

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July 30, 2019
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Elon Musk: Tesla's next 'killer product' is Solar Roof - Electrek

Elon Musk: Tesla's next 'killer product' is Solar Roof - Electrek

October 25Elon Musk says that Tesla’s next ‘killer product’ is its Solar Roof and that it will become “obvious” next year.It looks like Tesla is getting ready for it by hiring an army of roofers.During a conference call following Tesla’s Q3 2020 earnings results this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hyped up the solar roof tiles.The CEO said that it will become a clear ‘killer product’ next year:“When you look around the neighborhood in the future, decade from now, what do you want? What products are going to make your life better? What future do you want? And I think a future where we’ve got...

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Tesla starts Full Self-Driving Beta rollout, Elon Musk says it 'will be extremely slow and cautious' - Electrek

Tesla starts Full Self-Driving Beta rollout, Elon Musk says it 'will be extremely slow and cautious' - Electrek

October 20Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla is starting the rollout of its Full Self-Driving Beta update, which the CEO says “will be extremely slow and cautious.”We have been expecting the update for a while now.Over the last few months, Elon Musk has been talking about Tesla working on “.”He has been teasing the new core change to Autopilot, which should be able to interpret its environment in 4D instead of 2D after the update and should result in a rapid improvement in performance and new features being released quicker.More recently, the CEO has been referring to the update as “Full...

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GM announces $2 billion for electric vehicle factory in Tennessee, will build Cadillac LYRIQ and more - Electrek

GM announces $2 billion for electric vehicle factory in Tennessee, will build Cadillac LYRIQ and more - Electrek

TodayGM announced today that it is investing $2 billion to produce electric vehicles at its factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee.The updated factory will produce the Cadillac LYRIQ electric SUV, among other electric vehicles.Only days after announcing , GM’s new electric vehicle only factory built out of the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, GM is now announcing a new investment in electric vehicle production.Today, GM announced the transition of its its Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant:General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) announced today that its Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant will...

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Tesla battery researcher shows new test results pointing to batteries lasting over 2 million miles - Electrek

Tesla battery researcher shows new test results pointing to batteries lasting over 2 million miles - Electrek

October 18A Tesla battery researcher showed updated test results pointing to batteries lasting over 15,000 cycles or the equivalent of over 2 million miles (3.5 million km) in an electric car.Last year, we reported on Jeff Dahn and his lab, who is under contract to do battery research for Tesla, releasing a paper that shows how in electric vehicles.In a new presentation, Dahn discussed updated test results from this new battery, which he hopes becomes the new standard Li-ion battery against which new battery technologies benchmark themselves.The scientist, who is widely recognized as a...

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Oct 18
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Mercedes-Benz teases 'highest-efficiency electric car in the world' with over 750 miles of range - Electrek

Mercedes-Benz teases 'highest-efficiency electric car in the world' with over 750 miles of range - Electrek

TodayMercedes-Benz teases a new super-efficient electric car concept, the Vision EQXX, with more than 750 miles of range on a single charge.At Daimler’s latest company update, the automaker teased a new technical program to develop “the longest-range and highest-efficiency electric car the world has ever seen.”Mercedes-Benz’s head of research and development, Markus Schafer, commented:We have set up a group of our engineers to take on an extraordinary task: to build the longest-range and highest-efficiency electric car the world has ever seen. This is a serious project, chasing...

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