Over 100K Model 3’s Flood the Streets But Is the End Near? [live]

// Over 100K Model 3s produced Thus Far

* Faster to reach this milestone than any other EV in history (including Tesla’s previous models)
* More importantly, Tesla is also now consistently making 5,000 Model 3s/week, according to Elektrek’s source
* According to Bloomberg, Tesla is now selling more Model 3s in the US than all other EV brands combined: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-12/tesla-s-model-3-passes-the-100-000-mark

* https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-tax-credit/tesla-says-orders-placed-by-oct-15-eligible-for-full-tax-credit-idUSKCN1MM0L9

// NHTSA refuses to acknowledge its own data about how safe the Model 3 is

* After Tesla’s blog post last week saying the Model 3 has the lowest probability of injury for any vehicle tested by the NHTSA, the NHTSA released a statement saying that it does not distinguish safety performance beyond its 5-star rating system
* Tesla then directed Business Insider to NHTSA’s raw injury probability data: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NHTSA-2017-0037-0037
* Business Insider then asked NHTSA about the data, which shows the Model 3 with the lowest risk of injury in the spreadsheet, and the NHTSA declined to comment, just referring BI back to its original statement.

// Tesla outsells Mercedes in Q3 – first time ever

* Tesla sold 69,925 Model 3, S, and X in Q3
* Mercedes sold 66,542 – not counting vans
* Almost caught BMW, which sold 71,679
* Analysts expect Tesla to beat BMW in Q4 as well, owning the luxury sedan market
* https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/10/11/tesla-outsells-mercedes-benz-elon-musk/1598474002/

// South Australia uses Tesla batteries to reduce reliance on natural gas during demand spikes

*The world’s largest lithium-ion grid-scale battery has reduced the need for natural gas peaker plants to such an extent that the Australian Energy Market Operator has told plants in the region that it doesn’t need their power availability held in reserve any longer — officially reducing the electric grid demand for natural gas.
* Peaker plants are some of the dirtiest types of power production because they shut on and off as needed — when electricity demand “peaks” — and when natural gas plants turn on and off is when they pollute the most.
* It’s also saved customers $25 million on electricity purchases
* Tesla is also deploying a new Powerpack project in Colorado that could save taxpayers $1 million per year: https://electrek.co/2018/10/14/tesla-powerpack-project-save-colorado-ratepayers/

// James Murdoch reportedly in pole position to become next Tesla chairman

* Son of Rupert Murdoch (NewsCorp/Fox News) is the favorite, say sources. James Murdoch is currently CEO of 21st Century Fox
* Analysis of why Musk may not want Murdoch: https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/12/17965382/tesla-chairman-james-murdoch-board-director-rumors-elon-musk
* NYT suggests Tesla needs someone with car experience, like Ford’s Alan Mulally: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/11/business/dealbook/tesla-james-murdoch.html

//Tesla in the process of buying land in China for its first factory outside the U.S. — what will be Gigafactory 3

* Would be a $145M deal for a plot of land in Shanghai
* Goal is to use the land for a factory that will eventually create 500,000 cars per year (more than Tesla has ever made so far)
* Tesla is hiring for Gigafactory 3 construction jobs already: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/12/tesla-hiring-again-for-shanghai-gigafactory-3-construction-related-jobs/
* Tesla is moving faster on this because of Trump’s trade war with China: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/07/tesla-speeding-up-chinese-factory-due-to-trump-trade-war

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