Tesla promises better batteries and cheaper car
23 September 2020
Tesla’s CEO also announced that the company plans to eliminate the use of cobalt in its cathodes. Given the terrible conditions the mineral is often mined under, EV makers are doing all they can to move away from it. No timeline was given for when this would be achieved, but Musk confirmed it would make batteries significantly cheaper. Part of Tesla’s fresh approach will also involve integrating the battery into the vehicle, making it integral to the structure. This means a lighter car and more space for cells. This comes as the EV maker uses die-cast machines for the Model Y in the ′Giga Press’. An affordable EV By reducing the cost of its batteries, Tesla plans to produce a $25,000 car. Looking at halving the price per kilowatt-hour, the EV maker will employ its new ′tabless’ cells, as well as changing the materials inside the battery. ′It’s absolutely critical that we make cars that people can actually afford,’ Musk said. ′Affordability is key to how we scale.’ However, this is not the first time the concept of an affordable Tesla has been discussed by the company’s CEO. He also said a $25,000 EV would be possible within three years back in 2018. It could be that investors remembered this, as $50 billion was wiped off the company’s stock-market value following the Battery Day announcements. Powerful plaid powertrain At the other end of the price spectrum, Musk also confirmed that a Model S with a Plaid powertrain would be available in late 2021. The car aims to be capable of a top speed of 200 mph (321kph), 0-60mph in two seconds and a range of 520 miles (836km). However, all this would come with a price tag of $139,990. Tesla appears to be taking aim at cars like the recently announced high-performance Lucid Air with this new powertrain.
Important note about Tesla Battery Day unveil tomorrow. This affects long-term production, especially Semi, Cybertruck & Roadster, but what we announce will not reach serious high-volume production until 2022.″” Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 21, 2020
The only thing beyond Ludicrous is Plaid″” Tesla (@Tesla) September 23, 2020