Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a'tabless' battery at the firm's live-streamed'Battery Day' that had attendees sitting in their own Tesla watching the billionaire speak on a stage. Musk shared the firm is currently producing the cell, dubbed 4680, at its pilot Fremont gigafactory -making it Tesla's first in-house battery. Eliminating the tabs allows for continual motion through the system, which provides six times the power and enables a 16 percent range increase to vehicles. Musk also revealed the firm plans to make 20 million electric vehicles a year, along with an affordable model for $25,000 that is also fully autonomous. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a'tabless' battery at the firm's live-streamed'Battery Day' that showed attendees sitting in their own Tesla watching the billionaire speak on a stage Musk called it the'Tesla drive-in movie theater,' when he took the stage overlooking a parking lot of Tesla vehicles with attendees sitting inside to adhere to social distancing recommendations.
Tesla's Battery Day was deemed a failure after CEO Elon Musk presented a prototype via a PowerPoint presentation instead of a working battery – but Musk has defended the event in a recent podcast. Musk was a guest on the'Sway,' where he said'the average person has no idea' when it comes to manufacturing. 'Large scale manufacturing technology is somewhere between 1,000 percent to 10,000 percent harder than the prototype,' he explained. He also hit at the press, saying'the coverage was sad.' 'Most of the press takeaway was a sad reflection of their understanding,' he continued. Musk also revealed that Tesla has produced many of the tabless batteries, which have been in working vehicles since May.
Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Semi in 2017 and plans to start mass production for all-electric truck this year, but a prototype was seen'in the wild' cruising down a busy highway. Twitter user Christian, who lives in California, spotted the massive silver Semi pulling a trailer down the freeway. Although the sight of the truck was thrilling on its own, Christian notes that it was incredibly silent as it drove past his car. Tesla was set to launch its electric Semi in 2019, but delayed the release until it was able to produce its own battery for the large vehicle. Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Semi in 2017 and plans to start mass production for all-electric truck this year, but a prototype was seen'in the wild' cruising down a busy highway The Tesla Semi was spotted driving down the highway shortly after sundown.
Months after failing to produce a million mile battery, Elon Musk is now making claims that Tesla is developing a cell with a range of 621 miles. Musk made the announcement during a European Battery Conference saying Tesla's'longest-range vehicles have over 327 miles of range and there's more we could actually do.' 'We even have some under development long term that could do 600 miles.' Other than news about a more powerful cell, the billionaire also hinted at a smaller Tesla hatchback specifically for the European market. 'In the US the cars tend to be bigger... I was driving a Model X around Berlin and we had quite a lot of trouble finding a parking space that could fit it,' he said during the interview.
Standing on the open air platform at Tesla HQ in Fremont, California, in black jeans and black T-shirt, every inch the modern tech boss, Musk addressed an audience of Tesla fans parked in their (Tesla) cars, plus another 270,000 devotees watching online. Musk enthralled them with his plans to revolutionise not just the automobile but battery technology and indeed the whole business of making things: "Tesla is aiming to be the best at manufacturing of any company on Earth". He promised that, soon, Tesla would be building 20 million electric vehicles a year, roughly double what Volkswagen or General Motors or Toyota produce today. His new "tabless" cylindrical shaped batteries, nicknamed "biscuit tins", will be six times as powerful as the current equivalents, far cheaper and deliver another 16 per cent in range for his cars. His "terrawatt" factory will make more battery power than any other plant in the world.