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From: Eric11/12/2019 12:45:24 PM
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Former Daimler CEO praises Tesla, but says Germans remain permanently ahead






By Simon Alvarez
Posted on November 7, 2019


Former Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently shared his thoughts on the electric car revolution and the part played by American electric car maker Tesla. Speaking with Handelsblatt, the former Daimler executive discussed what he believes are Elon Musk’s strengths, Tesla’s accomplishments, and why German automakers will always be ahead.

Now retired and without commitments to a specific automaker, Zetsche freely praised Elon Musk, stating that he adores the daring Tesla CEO. Part of this is due to Musk’s initiatives, which are centered on pushing humanity forward. “Elon has a mission, he wants to solve the problems of humanity,” he said, adding that the American electric car maker has done a great service to electromobility with its “absurdly quick” EVs.

That being said, the former Daimler CEO noted that he still has reservations about Tesla and its future. Tesla has gone all-in on battery technology, and it has pursued massive projects such as Gigafactory 1 in Nevada to secure it. Zetsche noted that he believes it’s wrong to rely on a single type of technology, especially as batteries themselves are already changing very quickly.

Thus, despite his admiration for Elon Musk, Zetsche believes that established automakers will be permanently ahead. Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler are all making big moves on electromobility. Daimler, for one, is looking to transition half of Mercedes-Benz’s vehicles to electric by 2030, and the company intends to abandon further internal combustion engine developments.

To set the record straight, the ex-CEO stated that fuel cell vehicles that are powered with hydrogen might be futile, particularly as they lack the necessary infrastructure that would allow long trips. This is something that is being addressed by the Tesla Supercharger Network and other systems such as IONITY, which provide rapid-charging services for EVs.

Inasmuch as the former CEO’s statements come from a place of authority considering his vast experience in the auto sector, Zetsche appears to have missed the fact that Tesla is already in the process of future-proofing its battery technology. Apart from constant improvements that are implemented on its battery cells at Gigafactory 1, Tesla also appears to be well into the development of its next-generation batteries, as evidenced by its recent acquisition of companies such as Maxwell Technologies.

Daimler has already started its moves towards electromobility, with the company releasing the all-electric EQC under its Mercedes-Benz brand. While the vehicle has been well-received by reviewers, Daimler has hit some challenges with the vehicle. The company has recalled a number of its EQC units due to a fault that could cause the all-electric SUV to stall, or worse, affect the capability of the vehicle to be controlled, leading to a heightened risk of a crash.

teslarati.com

My comments:

Well I guess I'll let him be "permanently ahead" with ICE polluting vehicles.

Soon heading rapidly to the "dustbin of history".

Eric

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From: Eric11/12/2019 12:47:46 PM
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3 Tesla Powerwalls + SunPower Solar = 33 Days “Off Grid” — CleanTechnica Interview

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To: Eric who wrote (12394)11/12/2019 1:05:04 PM
From: semi_infinite
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I don't get the legacy auto execs when they say Tesla is committed to a certain battery technology because of Gigafactory X. Seems to me that they are just large spaces with flexibility. Why would Tesla be stuck at all with any specific battery chemistry or process?

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To: Eric who wrote (12394)11/12/2019 1:13:36 PM
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My comments:

Well I guess I'll let him be "permanently ahead" with ICE polluting vehicles.

Soon heading rapidly to the "dustbin of history".

Eric
You seem to be one of these people who believe that repeating the same thing over and over again will make it so.

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To: kidl who wrote (12397)11/12/2019 1:23:56 PM
From: Eric
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Well,

all you have to do is look at what's happening in Norway to give you a hint of the massive change that has already begun in the world.

Over 50% of their new car sales are electric.

And the trend is accelerating.

They pay a lot less for electrons than petrol!

Most of my relatives there now drive pure electric.

I don't have a petrol bill.

No emissions or pollution, just the Sun providing photons converted directly to electrons....

Wind and solar kill coal and nuclear on costs, says latest Lazard report

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To: kidl who wrote (12397)11/12/2019 1:26:33 PM
From: Road Walker
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You seem to be one of these people who believe that repeating the same thing over and over again will make it so.

I agree, so I guess I’m one of “these people” also. Everyone who disagrees; I guess it’s personal kidl.

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From: Eric11/12/2019 2:31:36 PM
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Tesla Model 3 supplier receives massive order for Model Y parts: report



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By Simon Alvarez
Posted on November 12, 2019


Recent reports have suggested that German car spare parts manufacturer ElringKlinger AG has received a massive order of parts for the highly-anticipated Tesla Model Y. The latest order bodes well for the parts manufacturer, as it proves that its components remain viable and competitive even as the auto industry transitions to electric.

The electric car parts order was shared by German motoring publication Automobilwoche, which observed that despite ElringKlinger not mentioning the Tesla Model Y, the company did note that the parts will be for a “leading American electric vehicle manufacturer.” Tesla is pretty much the only company that fits that bill in the United States today.

Details for the parts order are relatively few, though ElringKlinger has stated that the volume is in the “mid-to-high double-digit millions.” In a statement to the publication, CEO Stefan Wolf stated that the order represents a step forward in ElringKlinger’s efforts at remaining a formidable parts supplier in the age of electromobility.

“This follow-up order underlines just how advantageous our lightweight components are for electric vehicles. It represents a further step in the successful implementation of our strategy of achieving more than a quarter of our revenue in the next decade with the future fields of structural lightweight construction and electromobility,” the CEO said.

The mass production of the electric vehicle parts, described by Automobilwoche as a “cockpit crossbeam,” is expected to begin at the German supplier’s Fremont, CA factory next year. Considering that ElringKlinger is already producing the part for the Tesla Model 3, the new order seems to suggest that the components are intended to be used in the Tesla Model Y crossover.

The recent reports from ElringKlinger bode well for Tesla’s upcoming Model Y ramp. If Tesla is indeed placing massive orders for the upcoming vehicle’s parts, it would suggest that the company is looking to start its Model Y ramp at levels that far exceed that of the Model 3. This would be a pretty big bet for Tesla, though it is one that CEO Elon Musk appears to be willing to take. Musk, after all, has high expectations for the Model Y, stating during the Q3 2019 earnings call that the vehicle will likely outsell the Model 3, Model S, and Model X combined.

The Tesla Model Y was initially announced with a Fall 2020 delivery date, which was notably more tempered and conservative than the company or CEO Elon Musk’s usual aggressive timetables. This date has since been adjusted, with the company stating that Model Y may be launched as early as Summer 2020.

teslarati.com

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From: Eric11/12/2019 3:36:50 PM
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Elon Musk’s Boring Company to begin drilling Las Vegas tunnel later this month


The Boring Company's tunnel boring machine at the Las Vegas dig site.



By Joey Klender
Posted on November 12, 2019


Elon Musk’s Boring Company will officially begin drilling for its underground tunnel in Las Vegas later this month, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The tunnel will allow the Las Vegas Convention Center’s visitors the opportunity to travel quickly from place to place.

The TBM is currently 40 feet underground, with the machine expected to be started later this month, initiating the first drilling phases of the two, mile-long tunnels. The transportation system is expected to move people between three stations in less than one minute, making traveling in the LVCC area easier and more convenient.

Progress of the project has ramped up heavily within the past couple of months. In September, Boring Co. began shipping portions of the tunnel boring machine (TBM) to the site, along with a cutter head and mixing chamber. Just a month later in late October, heavy machinery was present as the site entered its full construction phase with workers beginning the building of a passenger station at the end of the transport tunnel. On top of that, a tunnel boring machine was assembled around this time, making it evident construction was scheduled to be underway soon.

Since these reports, the site has really started to take shape. A 24/7 livestream of the site shows the outlines of the passenger station, along with cranes and other pieces of heavy machinery visible, suggesting the most crucial portions of the project are underway. Now, with the reports of the machine underground and ready to begin making progress toward boring out the tunnel, the project’s intended completion time before the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2021 seems realistic. Sources close to Teslarati reported in October that there were no known hold-ups in the construction process or building department.

The Las Vegas tunnel will cost $52.5 million and is one of five current projects listed on the Boring Co. website. While CEO of the LVCVA Steve Hill has highlighted the project as an innovative way for Las Vegas residents and visitors to navigate quickly, it was a hard-fought battle to get the contract approved by all board members.

Some members wanted the Austria-based Doppelmayr Garaventa Group to conduct an above-ground project, citing the 125-year history of the company would be a safer option. “They already have projects here that are operating successfully. The Boring Co. is three years old and has yet to deliver a final package on anything,” Michele Fiore, an LVCVA board member wrote.

The Boring Co. was an idea by Musk that would eliminate the increasingly frustrating traffic in his base city of Los Angeles. Since the overwhelming support of the company from his supporters, Boring Co. has branched out to other areas, like the Las Vegas’ project, a pre-approved Baltimore-Washington hyperloop, and a Chicago tunnel whose contract remains under negotiation.

teslarati.com

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From: Eric11/12/2019 3:55:46 PM
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Musk just announced the next Gigafactory will be built near Berlin, Germany.

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From: Eric11/12/2019 3:58:18 PM
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Elon Musk: Tesla is going to build Gigafactory 4 in ‘Berlin area’

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Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla is going to build Gigafactory 4, a new vehicle factory, in the ”Berlin area” as they start listing jobs for the new factory.

CEO Elon Musk has been talking about a full battery and vehicle factory in Europe for a while now.

Several European countries have even launched campaigns to try to attract Tesla to their home market.

Tesla was supposed to confirm a location for a factory in 2017, but it never happened.

Last year, Musk said that Germany is the “leading choice” for a factory in Europe, and he even specified that “the German-French border makes sense” for a factory near the Benelux countries.

Earlier this year, Tesla said that it is “accelerating” its effort to bring a Gigafactory to Europe.

The automaker wrote in its shareholder’s letter at the time:
We are also accelerating our European Gigafactory efforts and are hoping to finalize a location choice in the coming quarters.
Last month, Tesla said that it is in “the final stages” of selecting a site for its European Gigafactory, and that an announcement is coming by the end of the year.

They have referred to the factory as “Gigafactory 4.”

During the Golden Wheel automotive award ceremony today, Elon Musk accepted an award for Tesla and announced that the automaker has chosen the “Berlin area” for Gigafactory 4.

The CEO said that it will be “near the new Berlin airport,” and they are also planning a design and engineering center in Berlin.

It is not entirely surprising, since Tesla has reportedly been looking at several specific sites across several German states, but Berlin was never mentioned, and they also considered other countries.

According to local government officials, Tesla was specifically looking at Gigafactory sites in Lower Saxony earlier this year, but now the Berlin region is confirmed.

Today, the automaker has also started listing its first jobs for Gigafactory 4 on their career website, and they are listing them in Germany, but the jobs are “remote,” according to the listings:



Tesla didn’t include any description in the job listings on the website and it rather seems to be Tesla looking for people interested in working at its upcoming European plant.

Earlier this summer, the CEO also said that he expects construction will be “well under way” within the next 12 to 18 months and will have the European Gigafactory operational by the end of 2021.

electrek.co

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