Tech & Science Tesla will open '2 or 3' more Gigafactories in the US

14:50  16 july  2017
14:50  16 july  2017 Source:   Engadget

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  Elon Musk's Tesla to build world's largest battery in Australia Elon Musk's Tesla will build what the maverick entrepreneur claims is the world's largest lithium ion battery within 100 days, making good on a Twitter promise to ease South Australia's energy woes.Billionaire Musk tweeted an offer to help build a battery farm in March after South Australia was hit with a total blackout when an "unprecedented" storm wrecked power transmission towers in 2016.

It's no secret that Tesla wants to open Gigafactories around the world to keep up with demand for electric cars and storage batteries, but how many of those will open in the US ?

We just don't know it yet. Tesla Motors might have to realise a second Gigafactory before others will finally realise how serious they actually are. General Motors spends about as much on advertising per year as the Gigafactory will cost to complete. BMW will be opening a new 350,000 unit facility in

  Tesla will open '2 or 3' more Gigafactories in the US © Provided by Engadget It's no secret that Tesla wants to open Gigafactories around the world to keep up with demand for electric cars and storage batteries, but how many of those will open in the US? Now we know: Elon Musk has confirmed that "2 or 3" additional factories will open in the US over the "next few years." He's not offering a firm timetable, to no one's surprise (the first factory isn't even finished yet), but the news makes it clearer than ever that Tesla expects plenty of demand.

Musk was definitely strategic with the announcement. He was speaking in front of the National Governors Association, which is full of politicians looking for economic opportunities -- he's no doubt hoping that governors will jockey for a Gigafactory (and offer incentives) in their state. At the same time, though, it may be a realistic forecast. Musk expects most new cars in the US to be EVs within 10 years, and to virtually dominate the market in 20. If Tesla doesn't have enough factories in place, it risks losing business as electric transportation hits the mainstream.

Elon Musk's Tesla to build world's largest battery in Australia

  Elon Musk's Tesla to build world's largest battery in Australia Elon Musk's Tesla will build what the maverick entrepreneur claims is the world's largest lithium ion battery within 100 days, making good on a Twitter promise to ease South Australia's energy woes.Billionaire Musk tweeted an offer to help build a battery farm in March after South Australia was hit with a total blackout when an "unprecedented" storm wrecked power transmission towers in 2016.

I put "grand opening " in quotes as the Gigafactory has been in production for some time, and it's only 14% of its original footprint ( more on this topic Dollar stays strong, making competitor's imports even cheaper in the US and significantly hindering Gigafactory exports. Tesla 's order backlog does not

Again, we ’ve gotten strong hints of this several times in the past year or so, but it was emphasized more clearly by Panasonic executive vice president Yoshihiko Yamada at the Gigafactory opening : The Panasonic– Tesla One example, is production capacity is now two or three times more . Why?

The talk also saw Musk weigh in on a few other topics. He's not opposed to self-driving car regulations, but he believes they should expire as technology evolves. Also, he believes that car security is a high priority. He notes that Tesla cars already have "special encryption" that protects vital systems like the powertrain and brakes, and he's entertaining the idea of a kill switch (of sorts) that no hacker could touch. Don't count on governors heeding his regulatory advice, but it won't be surprising if future Teslas are better-equipped to deal with online threats.

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