Electrek Podcast: Tesla buys new battery tech, Model 3 price reduction, Europe launch, and more

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla buying a new battery technology, Model 3 price reduction, the Model 3 European launch, and more.

Here are a few of the articles that we will discuss during the podcast today: https://electrek.co/?p=84259

Tesla acquires ultracapacitor and battery manufacturer for over $200 million
Tesla’s newly acquired battery tech could result in more power, longer range, and more durability
Tesla reduces Model 3 price, now starts at $42,900 before incentives
Tesla Model 3 comes to Europe with first massive shipment arriving at Zeebrugge port
Tesla Model 3 reaches new record charge rate of 126 kW – faster on CCS than Superchargers
Tesla is setting up casting lines in Gigafactory 1 ahead of Model Y production
Tesla reopens Amazon store again after weird launch [Updated]
Tesla reaches deal with Electrify America to deploy Powerpacks at over 100 charging stations
Study shows electric cars lose 41% of range in ‘icy temperature’, Tesla disputes the claim
Republican senators push new bill to kill electric vehicle tax credit completely and add new EV tax

  • What's lost on the concern about the tax incentives for electrics is that they are FAR cheaper than the alternative, which is far higher taxes (mostly on our kids and grandkids) to pay for repeated massive floods and the millions of island refugees that will be looking for a new place to live.
    A carbon tax, and especially an increased gasoline tax is a good solution, but it needs to be accompanied by a corresponding, dollar-for-dollar reduction in income taxes, from the bottom up. So, you save on your taxes by wasting less instead of earning less.

  • What about your post, 1 Feb., regarding Jeff Dahn’s patent for battery chemistry yielding longevity, power, and cost advantages? Why did you ignore this in the last two podcasts? The chemistry is interesting, but I expected to have some comment from Tesla.

  • You should check up on Northvolt in Sweden. Their 160 million dollar lab and demo line of 370 MW is ready in the next month, and their 32 GW factory finish ground preparations also next month and will start building the actual factory. The difference between Northvolt and all other battery factories like Panasonic, Tesla, CATL, LG is that Northvolt plans to produce metal materials and active materials in house. The creator of Panasonics battery division and creator of Toda-BASF is one of the founders of Northvolt togheter with two former Tesla executives of supply chain, also a former director of Samsung SDI is involved. EU is set to pump in 1 billion dollars into the project. The factory will also have 100% hydropower which will make the carbon footprint zero, that hydropower in the north of Sweden is also the cheapest electricity in the world.

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