Manufacturing

 
Panasonic to build electric-car battery cells at Tesla gigafactory this year: report

Panasonic to build electric-car battery cells at Tesla gigafactory this year: report

Panasonic is currently Tesla's sole supplier of battery cells for its electric cars, and a partner in the carmaker's massive lithium-ion cell "gigafactory" in Nevada. The factory is supposed to allow the economy of scale for Tesla Motors to achieve a promised $35,000 base price (before Federal... read more

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Tesla Model 3

Tesla hires Audi veteran as new vehicle-production VP; predecessor took leave of absence

Following the departure of two top manufacturing executives, electric-car maker Tesla Motors has hired a manufacturing executive from German luxury maker Audi. The company... read more May 15, 2016 by


 
Nissan prototype 60-kWh battery pack  -  Nissan Technical Center, October 2015

Making electric-car battery cell anodes more sustainably

With no tailpipe emissions, electric cars have a clear advantage over their gasoline and diesel counterparts when it comes to carbon emissions. Studies have found that even... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model 3

Tesla's huge warehouse lease seems to be Model 3 preparation

Tesla Model 3 production isn't expected to start until the end of 2017 at the earliest, but the company appears to be making preparations for high volumes already. Like the... read more May 4, 2016 by


 
2016 Ford F-150

Ford F-150 plants recycle enough aluminum for 30,000 trucks a month

With the aluminum-bodied F-150 full-size pickup truck, Ford took a material previous used only in low-volume sports cars and luxury sedans and applied it to the best-selling... read more April 28, 2016 by


 
Cooling tower at power plant, by Flickr user Paul J Everett (Used under CC License)

Would Tesla want a former nuclear plant as a French factory? Government offers it up

What do you do with a decommissioned nuclear power plant? If you're the French government, you offer the land it sits on to Tesla Motors as a potential new factory site... read more April 8, 2016 by


 
Computer-generated image of proposed Tesla Motors Gigafactory

Tesla Gigafactory tour: local Reno paper gets to go inside

Elon Musk likes his secrets. Tesla Motors isn't known for being particularly open to the media, especially when it comes to major projects like the lithium-ion battery cell... read more March 23, 2016 by


 
Faraday Future

Faraday puts up $75 million bond to reassure Nevada on factory

Following its successful bid for the Tesla lithium-ion battery "Gigafactory," Nevada landed a second electric-manufacturing project as well. it's the proposed Faraday Future... read more March 11, 2016 by


 
Nickel-metal-hydride hybrid battery pack in trunk of 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Yesterday's hybrid car is tomorrow's Energizer battery

That battery-powered alarm clock or flashlight in your house could very well contain a piece of an old hybrid car. Energizer now makes rechargeable AA and AAA batteries with... read more March 3, 2016 by


 
Tesla factory screencap from SF Bay Area CBS video

Inside Tesla's Fremont Electric-Car Plant: How Model S, Model X Are Built (Video)

While the lithium-ion battery "Gigafactory" under construction in Nevada continues to get most of the attention, Tesla's existing assembly plant in Fremont, California... read more February 18, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Once Again: Electric Cars Have Lower Lifetime Carbon Emissions

Battery-electric cars produce no direct carbon emissions from driving, but those are not the only potential source of emissions related to these vehicles. The lifetime carbon... read more February 10, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015

GM Willing To Sell Chevy Volt's Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain To Other Makers

The biggest challenge in introducing new technologies is getting to the volume production that permits economies of scale for expensive components. Toyota is now nearing 9... read more February 10, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

LG Chem's Large Battery Plant In China Took Less Than 2 Years

Korean firm LG Chem has made significant headway in the electric-car battery market by adding up contracts from a large contingent of automaker customers. While Panasonic and... read more February 9, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Bolt EV Powertrain: How Did GM And LG Collaborate On Design, Production?

In last fall's runup to the launch of the production 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV 200-mile electric car, GM discussed working together with Korean corporate giant LG on the Bolt's... read more February 3, 2016 by


 
Tesla battery gigafactory site, Reno, Nevada, Feb 25, 2015  [photo: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Bob Tregilus]

Panasonic Commits $1.6 Billion For Tesla Battery Gigafactory

Throughout its project to build a massive battery "Gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada, Tesla has had assistance from its current battery supplier, Panasonic. The Japanese... read more January 15, 2016 by


 
Scene from Tesla Model X production video

Here's What The Tesla Model X Assembly Line Looks Like

At the very end of September, CEO Elon Musk personally delivered the first handful of Tesla Model X electric crossover utility vehicles to their buyers in an event at its... read more December 22, 2015 by


 

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