What the Developer’s Conference is to Apple enthusiasts, the Tesla Battery Day is to engine heads. Overnight, founder and CEO, Elon Musk, announced a string of new developments for the company with one including the aim to create an affordable vehicle for the masses.
Contributing to this goal which could see electric automation become a reality among everyday drivers, Musk announced that it would cease sourcing batteries from Panasonic, and instead manufacture its very own “tabless” batteries in-house. According to the company, it would drastically increase the cars performance, making it six times more powerful as well as adding 16 percent more range to each charge.
In addition, Musk revealed that Tesla would build its own cathode plant to assist in driving down supply chain costs. It is believed that cathodes would become 76 percent cheaper and produce zero waste water and further contributing to it ongoing sustainability endeavours, cease using cobalt in its cathodes which is a controversial material due to violating human rights in order to obtain it.
This will assist in making Tesla cheaper and aid in climate change as opposed to petrol-run vehicles. For the luxury fiend, Tesla also revealed plans for a Model S Plaid powertrain version in 2021 for $139,990 USD. It is said to have an impressive range of 520 miles (or approximately 836 kilometres).