Here’s the rundown for today’s latest Tesla news, from the talks of possible battery production on Tesla’s Giga Berlin site to BMW’s plan to overtake Tesla on the electric autonomous vehicle (EAV) market. Continue reading below for the latest tidbits.
Giga Berlin to make their own battery?
During a presentation, Tesla’s Elon Musk was asked regarding the updates on its Giga Berlin factory, specifically, its ability to produce its own battery to meet its own needs. The CEO did not answer the question directly but shared that there will be a local-based production of the battery cells to be used on site.
As you can deduce, it is not confirmed yet for, in the past, the company has removed the battery production site from the original plan when it went to seek the approval of the local authorities before proceeding with construction.
But a statement from a German official says otherwise. The Minister of Economics Jorg Steinbach, declared in German in a report in site rbb24, that the company is indeed looking to produce battery cells on-site. He was quoted saying that the company will employ a ‘completely new technology’ in it.
This ‘completely new technology’, people wonder, will supposedly make the batteries smaller yet will carry greater capacity thus greater mileage per full charge run of the vehicles.
No concrete information is released yet and experts and enthusiasts agree that Musk will reveal details during the company’s ‘Battery Day’ slated September this year.
Meanwhile, in order to gear up the construction of the Giga Berlin Factory, Tesla has turned to employ prefabricated building methods to rapidly build the infrastructure in Germany. Starting from the ground up, its speed is inspired by the Giga Factory in China wherein it was just finished in less than a year.
Tesla did not let a few issues with the local regulations as well as the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to bog down construction.
Elon Musk confirmed in a tweet that indeed, the company is using pre-fabricated methods to boost the speed of construction.
Giga Berlin will come together at an impossible-seeming speed. The prefabricated construction method in Germany is extremely impressive.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 27, 2020
The prefabricated construction method is a method used in constructing different infrastructures wherein ‘parts’ of the infrastructure itself is built offsite using manufacturing methods. Then will be shipped to the project’s actual location wherein it can be assembled like a ‘jigsaw puzzle’.
This method helps companies save time, money, and effort and cuts significantly a project’s completion period.
BMW Plans to Take Tesla Head-on
German automaker BMW has declared its master plan to capture the electric vehicle (EV market). The company, on Monday, shared the news that they will soon offer electric-powered versions of their current models – the X1 compact SUV and the 5 series. They are planning to have a fleet of 25 electric vehicle models in its offering by the year 2023.
It is not yet final how this plan would transpire on the said current models but one thing is for sure. The electrified version will be offered as one of the options a buyer can choose from when they purchase from BMW.
The company is seeking to offer at least five all-electric vehicles to the market – models include BMW i3, Mini Cooper SE, BMW iX3, BMW iNEXT, and the BMW i4. The following models are planned to be all rolled out by the end of 2021 with all of them being offered to different target audiences and some, like the iX3, will be a region-specific offering.
Alongside this, BMW is trying to sell this plan to the public with its green initiative. This initiative is seen as the company moves to embrace sustainability on all of its levels – from production, marketing, and sales, to the use of the product as well. For instance, the company is planning to eliminate its overall carbon dioxide reduction to a third per vehicle.
However, this did not necessarily rock the boat on Tesla’s water. Its stocks were able to have a recovery on Monday but news like this sends a signal to investors that established companies can also ring in some changes to the EAV industry. But at the moment, Tesla is currently basking on its own glory.
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