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TESLA WILL MOVE ITS HEADQUARTERS TO TEXAS
“”I’m excited to announce that we’re moving our headquarters to Austin, Texas,” CEO Elon Musk said Thursday during a Tesla shareholders meeting. The electric car company is currently based in Palo Alto, California, near its original headquarters in San Carlos, and its first factory, in Fremont. Musk said Thursday that there is a “limit to how big you can scale in the Bay area.”” reported CNN Business: “He cited housing affordability and the long commutes it can create as hurdles for its current location, and said the Austin factory is five minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from downtown. The median home price in Palo Alto is $3.3 million”
“Texas has been actively recruiting companies via its Texas Economic Development Act offering tax breaks to put new facilities in the state. Austin, with a top tech university and cultural events like South by Southwest, is a draw for tech employers.” says CNBC: “Tesla has not been happy with one set of regulations in Texas at least. The state bans direct sales of cars. Instead, car companies sell their vehicles through independent, franchised dealerships there. In other states where similar laws apply Tesla has fought to change the rules or exploited some loopholes.”
20 YEARS+ TO TRANSITION THE WORLD TO ELECTRIC
“During the recent 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk noted that it will take a few decades until the world will switch entirely to battery-electric vehicles. The main point is that the global vehicle fleet stands at about 2 billion units, and not even 1% is all-electric yet.” reported InsideEVs: “Assuming that 100% of new vehicles would be electric, at 100 million per year, it would still take 20 years from now to replace 2 billion vehicles. This 20-year period might be considered as the age of a vehicle until it finally goes to a junk yard.”
CHIP AND SHIP SHORTAGES ARE THE ONLY THINGS THAT COULD STOP TESLA’S SALES GROWTH
“A double-whammy of a global shortage of chips and ships is the only thing standing in the way of Tesla Inc. maintaining sales growth in excess of 50%, according to Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk. ” says Fortune.com: ““We’ve had a fantastic year, we had record vehicle deliveries,” Musk told Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting in Austin, Texas on Thursday. “It looks like we have a good chance of maintaining that. Basically, if we can get the chips we can do it. Hopefully this chip shortage will alleviate soon but I feel confident of being able to maintain something like at least above 50% for quite a while.” “One of the biggest challenges we had in Q3 was can we get enough ships,” he said. “There was a huge ship shortage.” Musk said the “significant cost pressure” in the supply chain had forced Tesla to increase car prices, at least temporarily. ”
One of the reasons any company choosed to located is incentives and subsidies, on that subject: “The German government is expected to decide before the end of the year just how much state aid Tesla will receive for its battery cell unit. The company is investing about €5 billion ($5.8 billion) in the plant. The German daily Tagesspiegel reports that this unusually high investment “means that the US car manufacturer can count on German state subsidies of €1.14 billion.””
TESLA HOLDS ‘GIGA FEST’ AT DISPUTED GERMAN FACTORY
“With a big wheel, music and an appearance by CEO Elon Musk, Tesla pulled out all the stops Saturday to win over opponents of the electric carmaker’s controversial new “gigafactory” near Berlin. Thousands of people were brought in by special shuttle buses, with long queues forming at the Gruenheide site of the US electric vehicle maker’s first European factory.” reported Yahoo! News: “Demonstrators were already on the scene on Saturday morning, with a few people bearing signs like “Stop Tesla” and “water and forest aren’t for private profit” gathered around 100 metres (yards) from the site. On the same 300-hectare plot, Musk also plans to build “the world’s biggest battery factory”. And the site will equally boast the “world’s largest die-casting machine”, said Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research in Germany. In the event that the factory is not approved, the carmaker will be compelled to dismantle the entire works at its own cost. Despite the country’s reputation for efficiency, major infrastructure projects are often slowed down by excess bureaucracy. Berlin’s new international airport opened in October 2020, eight years later than first planned.”
And what did the German press have to say? “In guided tours lasting an hour and a half each, local residents were able to watch the whole production process involved in making a Tesla electric car such as the Model Y.” saus DW.com: “People took their time to see what was going on in the stamping and casting units and later in the paint shop and assembly and quality control sections of the huge plant. Wherever questions arose, Tesla employees were on hand to answer them. Visitors were told that 80% of the workforce will be from Germany and 20% from 50 other countries. Also of some interest: 80% of all parts used in the Grünheide plant will come from European suppliers.”
ROADSTER, CYBERTRUCK AND SEMI TRUCK DELAYED TO 2023
“Tesla has been quite supply limited this year and will be next year as well. That concerns batteries, automotive chips, and more. As Elon put it at one point, no matter how many more vehicle models the company was selling, it wouldn’t be able to deliver more units this year — the constraint is supplies, not demand.” writes Zach at Clean Technica: “With that in mind, and due to how many batteries and chips the Semi needs, it is being delayed until these supply chains ramp up, which is expected to be in 2023 at the moment. Similarly, the Tesla Cybertruck is delayed until the end of 2022 for all the same reasons. ”
Elon Musk said: ““I think most likely what we’ll see is Cybertruck start production in the next year, and then reach volume production in 2023. And, hopefully, we can also be producing the Semi and the new Roadster in ‘23 as well. So, we should be through our severe supply chain shortages in ‘23. I’m optimistic that that will be the case.””
He also said the release date of the new Roadster is likely 2023.
AN OFFICIAL TESLA CCS ADAPTER LANDS IN SOUTH KOREA
” In the past, Tesla offered an adapter for Europe that converted CCS to Type 2, the standard charging connector in Europe. However, Tesla didn’t release an adapter that connected to its proprietary charger to convert CCS charging stations to work with its vehicles.” says SlashGear: “Tesla’s proprietary charging connector is used for vehicles sold in North America and some other markets. With a different standard plug and the lack of a CCS adapter, some owners in North America were unable to use third-party charging networks based on the CCS standard. According to the email sent out to owners in South Korea, the CCS Combo 1 adapter can be used with the Model 3 and Model Y. It won’t be usable for owners of the Model S and Model X. The adapter will be made available to owners with preferential purchase tickets on October 19.”
NEW GOOGLE MAPS FEATURE IS GREAT NEWS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE OWNERS
“Google has been busy recently pushing out various updates to Andriod Auto, Android Automotive, and Google Maps, really making a push when it comes to its mobility solutions. The most important of which is Google Maps, as it has recently replaced the Android Auto app with its new Driving Mode.” writes T3: “The most recent Google Map update is aimed specifically at Android Automotive users and is designed to support thermal battery management for electric vehicles. It works by using information related to the location of the vehicle, the location of the charging station, and the time left until you reach the charge point. It will then make sure the battery is fully prepared for the charge at exactly the time you reach the charge point.”
CITROEN UK UPDATES NEW E-C4 ELECTRIC FOR 2022
Citroen UK has introduced a number of important updates on New e-C4 for 2022, effective from October 2021 production. As part of the changes, through a series of technical enhancements, New e-C4 Electric receives improvements in driving efficiency, enhancing real world vehicle range under a variety of driving conditions. WLTP certified range remains at 217 miles from the 50KWh Lithium-ion traction battery. OTR price £30,995 after the PiCG is taken off.
LANCIA DELTA IS COMING BACK AS AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE
“Lancia’s CEO has pledged to revive the famed Delta name for a brand new EV which will likely share a platform with an Alfa Romeo.” according to CarThrottle: “We’re not expecting Lancia’s reborn Delta to recapture the awesomeness of the old Integrale – that was a long time ago, and the WRC golden years now a distant memory. But still, a new, all-electric version could be very interesting indeed. We’re looking forward to seeing what Lancia comes up with.”
JAMES BOND’S ASTON MARTIN GOES ELECTRIC
“The classic James Bond automotive is officially getting an electric vehicle makeover. British company Lunaz, is set to offer electric versions of the iconic Aston Martin DB4, DB5 and DB6.” reports Hypebeast: “The price tag for the substantial shift for the DB5 and DB6 is looking into the seven-figure valuation. While there is limited information on the pricing, the DB6 is expected to be cheaper but will still “exceed $1 million. The electrified Db6 is said to have a range of approximately 255 miles, which is more than is expected from a non-EV DB6. The company has also promised that the vehicle will include “uprating of brakes, suspension, and steering, while interior comfort and convenience is brought up to modern standards through the provision of air conditioning and the sensitive integration of latest infotainment, navigation systems, and full Wi-Fi connectivity.””
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