“While orders for the Tesla Semi electric truck are piling up, Tesla’s VP of Truck programs, Jerome Guillen, confirmed that Tesla will be its own first customer and that it will use the trucks to carry cargo between its factory in Fremont, California and its battery factory in Nevada.”
During a presentation about the new Tesla Semi at the annual conference of Transport and Logistics in the Netherlands today, Tesla VP of Truck programs Jerome Guillen confirmed that they will first address the problem by using their electric semi trucks.
“Tesla will be the first customer for the truck. We will use our own truck to carry cargo in the US between our different facilities. We have an assembly facility in California, the Gigafactory in Nevada, so we will use our trucks to carry things in-between.”
These claims are so far beyond current industry standards for electric vehicles that they would require either advances in battery technology or a new understanding of how batteries are put to use, said Sam Jaffe, battery analyst for Cairn Energy Research in Boulder, Colorado. In some cases, experts suspect Tesla might be banking on technological improvements between now and the time when new vehicles are actually ready for delivery.
“I don’t think they’re lying,” Jaffe said. “I just think they left something out of the public reveal that would have explained how these numbers work.”
The push for driverless and electric trucks, evidenced by the recent gaudy rollout of the Tesla semitrailer truck, is a fool’s errand. These “innovations” are akin to improving eight-track and cassette tapes in a world of streaming services.
Jim Chanos summarized all of the reasons why nicely: “If you wouldn’t be short a multi-billion-dollar loss-making enterprise in a cyclical business, with a leveraged balance sheet, questionable accounting, every executive leaving, run by a CEO with a questionable relationship with the truth, what would you be short? It sort of ticks all the boxes.” A lot of people think bankruptcy looms in Tesla’s future. Of course, Tesla bears have been saying this for years, and they’ve consistently been wrong — but this time, are they right?
Some estimates say more than a third of all cars in the world could be electric in 20 years. But as the demand and interest for an obscure mineral increases, car manufactures are presented with a new challenge: acquiring enough in time to make electric vehicles.
Tesla is among the companies looking for stable and responsibly-sourced supply chains of cobalt, which helps power everything from smartphones to laptops to electric vehicles.
It’s a key ingredient in lithium batteries, a product that has seen an explosion in demand recently.
But 60 percent of the world’s cobalt comes from the Congo, where children often do much of the hard labor.
Because of that, Apple and Tesla are among companies refusing to use what they term “unethical cobalt” in their batteries. In 2014, a spokesperson for Tesla promised to use only cobalt mined in North America.
Tesla previously stated they want 100% to come from North America
Unlikely that it’s possible
Hopefully a better system will emerge
Is it really possible to tell? (Diamonds for example are nearly impossible to verify)
Norway just decided to ditch the heavily criticized “Tesla-tax”
Norway, considered an electric vehicle pioneer, has been mulling a new tax on the emission-free vehicles.
Since the government’s proposed one-off fee is based on the vehicle’s weight, it’s quickly started being called the “Tesla tax.”
This refers to the fact that Tesla’s relatively heavy cars are the only vehicles qualifying in the highest class, which would lead to a $8,800 (70,000 Norwegian krone) one-off fee, according to NRK and other Norwegian media.
The motivation behind the fee was that heavy electric vehicles take a toll on the roads.
The proposal has faced heavy criticism, and now the Norwegian government has decided to ditch the proposal – having failed to garner enought support from the supporting political parties in parliament, reports SvD Näringsliv.
The proposal got fierce resistance from environmental movement Bellona and the Norwegian EV association (Norsk elbilforening), who said it arrives just when zero-emission vehicles are becoming the new normal in Norway.