Instead of the anticipated million-mile battery, we got the $25,000 car, at teslas eagerly awaited battery day on tuesday.
Elon musk emphasised cutting the cost of batteries by more than half, rather than getting more miles out of them, meaning an electric car priced on a par with conventional vehicles becoming available in about three years.
Tesla will get there partly by taking control of all stages of manufacturing of its batteries, including the basic cells, processing the raw materials and even buying lithium deposits still in the ground.
As richard waters reports, analysts and experts were divided on the significance of the announcement. its insane innovation, said pierre ferragu, an analyst at new street research. theyre demonstrating theyve got a path to maintain their lead for the next decade.
Changes to the chemistry in the batteries were only incremental steps, said gene berdichevsky, who worked on the battery pack for teslas first vehicle. a bigger impact would come from using engineering to drive down the cost of manufacturing, he said. that includes a new way of building a car by casting it in three parts, with the two ends joined by a battery pack.
Investors are underwhelmed after all the advance hype and tesla sharesare down 8 per cent so far today. lex points out that two years ago, mr musk had declared that a $25,000 car model was three years away.
There is much more excitement in china, according to this weeks #techasia newsletter, where competition to tesla is growing thanks to some big investments in carmakers.
The nikkei asian review reports wm motor is the latest to benefit, with a record $1.5bn funding round for an ev maker. tencent, the shanghai government and state-owned car company saic motor were among those taking part.
Meanwhile, volkswagen has been active in teslas california backyard. tusimple has signed a deal to jointly develop self-driving trucks with vws traton truck division, with the german company seeking to take advantage of the san diego start-ups advances in turning and night vision technology.
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