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Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 25, 2022. They say things are bigger in Texas—and that certainly holds true for Tesla’s Gigafactory and the giant Giga Press casting machines that will be used there to stamp body components for Model Y. Above: A look at the Giga Press (Source: Idra Group) Tesla put its first Giga Press into operation at the Fremont factory in 2020. Made by the Italian firm Idra, it has a clamping force of 55,000 to 61,000 kilonewtons (5,600 to...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 24, 2022. Oliver Stone's movie Wall Street, and Gordon Gekko, really captured the go-go zeitgeist of 1980's materialism and greed. Even today, it feels like many still operate with Gekko's quote in mind: "It's not a question of enough, pal. It's a zero-sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses." Above: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Lex Fridman's podcast (Source: Lex Fridman) Okay, it's just a movie. But the quote is probably...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 21, 2022. If the US is ever to catch up in the electric vehicle race, establishing domestic battery production will be a must. So the news that Chinese battery cell manufacturer Gotion High-Tech (aka Guoxuan High-Tech) envisions establishing LFP battery cell production in the US was welcome. Above: A look at a Tesla battery pack (Source: Tesla) Even more exciting to fans of a certain California carmaker: the company reports that...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 20, 2022. The war between Tesla and the powerful auto dealers’ groups drags on. At the moment, the situation varies widely from one US state to another—some states allow Tesla to sell cars directly to consumers, some prohibit it, and some have reached some sort of compromise. (To be clear, one can buy a Tesla in any state by ordering it online—the main issue is whether Tesla can sell vehicles at physical showroom locations. I cover the...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 19, 2022. Last year proved to be extremely challenging for the auto sector. Supply chain issues, a global chip shortage, and a pernicious pandemic plagued the industry. However, an unorthodox strategy at Tesla proved invaluable when facing tough times in 2021 — vertical integration. Above: Tesla showcases its electric cars in various stages of production at the China International Import Expo (Twitter: Tesla Greater China) Jack...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 18, 2022. There was a time when traditional automakers could have stymied Tesla's growth story. Is it possible they missed their window? Christiaan Hetzner at Fortune reports, "Try as they might, some of Tesla’s closest rivals are falling further and further behind Elon Musk’s pace even as they double sales of their electric-vehicle." Above: Tesla Model 3 alongside an Audi e-tron (Source: EVANNEX; Photo by Casey Murphy) Fortune...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 17, 2022. Starting companies is hard work. Imagine how tough it might be for a new generation of entrepreneurs coming up through the ranks right now? A supply chain crisis, political strife, rising inflation, a global pandemic — whew! These go-getters need inspirational figures to look up to in order to spin up a new business. Above: Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Flickr: Steve Jurvetson) So who is this new generation of entrepreneurs...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 12, 2022. In the early days of industrialization, most manufacturing companies were vertically integrated. Automakers such as Ford owned mines and steel mills, generated their own power, and operated their own delivery fleets. Over the decades, as global supply chains grew more sophisticated, automakers outsourced more and more, and nowadays some automakers depend on outside firms for everything other than vehicle design and strategic...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 11, 2022. Which car company is best poised for the future? One of Europe's top business schools, IMD, recently released their Future Readiness Indicator study and focused (specifically) on the automotive sector for its analysis. According to IMD, Tesla was the car company that dominated the rankings. Above: A look at Tesla's future (Flickr: Steve Jurveston) IMD reports, "Cars are already supercomputers on wheels." And, "This...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 10, 2022. Nearly all automakers suffered a massive blow in 2021. Except one. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Tesla has emerged as one of the auto industry’s biggest winners in a year plagued by semiconductor shortages and snarled global supply chains. It owes that success in some measure to its Silicon Valley roots." Above: Tesla's CEO Elon Musk (Flickr: Steve Jurvetson) "Tesla has been able to keep production lines...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 7, 2022. Of all the various government programs designed to encourage electrification, the Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions standards, working in tandem with NHTSA's fuel economy rules and California’s zero-emission vehicle mandate, are arguably the most effective. They are probably the second-most important factor in pushing the legacy automakers to produce electric vehicles (the most important is competition from Tesla)...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 6, 2022. European oil companies are getting into the EV charging business in a big way—whether that’s a good thing remains to be seen, but Shell’s new “EV hub” in London certainly looks impressive. Above: A look at a Tesla Model 3 charging with Shell Recharge (Source: Shell UK) The oil giant, which currently operates a network of nearly 8,000 EV charging points, has converted an existing petrol station in Fulham, central London...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 5, 2022. Car dealerships are a vestige of the 20th century which—like many outmoded and counterproductive industries—is being kept alive by political machinations. Tesla never wanted anything to do with the dealership model, and neither do any of the 21st-century auto startups. One suspects that many legacy automakers would also like to dispense with it if they could. Above: A look at a Tesla store in Naples, Florida (Source...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 4, 2022. Of the new crop of EV startups, Rivian Automotive is widely considered one of the most promising, especially since the company raised a sizable pot of cash in a $11.9-billion stock offering in November. Now the company has announced plans to invest some of that war chest in a new $5-billion battery and assembly plant east of Atlanta, which is projected to employ 7,500 workers. Source: Rivian / Tesla Sources told AP that...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on January 3, 2022. Elon Musk always had a vision for Tesla in the Chinese market. And, according to the Wall Street Journal, "President Xi Jinping defiantly pledged to make China the world’s future innovation and industrial center. Key to his plan was Elon Musk." Above: A look at a Tesla Model 3 in Qinghai (Twitter: Tesla Greater China) "Mr. Xi viewed the South African-born entrepreneur as a technology utopian... and saw his Tesla Inc. as...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 30, 2021. Tesla's stock price has displayed a significant degree of volatility throughout 2021. It's no wonder — it feels like everything was volatile this year. An ever-changing political atmosphere, ongoing societal shifts, and a stubborn pandemic have been subject to winds of change. Meanwhile, the auto sector was at the mercy of a serious chip supply shortage. Above: A Tesla Model 3 driving on China's highways (Twitter...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 29, 2021. Of all the innovations Tesla has brought to the auto industry, not the least significant is the unified computer architecture used in its vehicles. This has enabled many of the wonderful Tesla-only features that owners rave about, and it’s not too much to say that it’s been one of the company’s greatest competitive advantages. Now current events are highlighting what could be another major benefit. Above: A look inside...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 28, 2021. Tesla’s megacasting technique represents a huge innovation in auto manufacturing. Using giant casting machines to make car bodies out of massive cast parts greatly reduces the complexity of the body assembly process, saving costs and improving efficiency. Above: An 'x-ray' view of Tesla's Model Y (Source: Tesla) At Gigafactory Texas, Tesla is using an enormous Giga Press to cast a single rear body piece for Model Y...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 23, 2021. Producing EVs in volume involves more than just building Gigafactories. Tesla has long understood the need to build new supply chains, including major battery manufacturing capacity and secure sources of raw materials. The Volkswagen Group is one of the few legacy automakers that’s also acting on this imperative—it recently raised its planned investment in EV and self-driving technologies to 73 billion euros ($86 billion)...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 22, 2021. When President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill into law in November, EV drivers and fans delivered a well-earned round of applause. However, until now the details were so vague that we didn’t really know what we were cheering for. Now the administration has released an EV Charging Action Plan to outline the steps federal agencies will take to implement the new policy. Above: Tesla's Model 3 and GM's...
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 21, 2021. Check out this great video by EV Revolution Show on Youtube as he goes through the best practices for driving an EV during the winter. You can find some of the products in this video below: Car Covers Silicone Wipers For more video's, go to: EV TV
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 21, 2021. Everything’s the new something else these days. Tacos are the new burgers, hydrogen is the new ethanol, and the EVANNEX blog is the new New York Times. Above: A look at a Tesla battery pack (Source: Tesla) For years now, anti-EV campaigners have been claiming that lithium is “the new oil,” implying that, as lithium becomes a valuable commodity, the global economy will become hooked on it just as it currently is on oil...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 20, 2021. Elon Musk has maintained a huffy relationship with the vast majority of mainstream media outlets. It's understandable. Sometimes these publications have chosen to embrace and celebrate Tesla short sellers while, simultaneously, throwing shade at the company's CEO. And, to make matters worse, Tesla doesn't even advertise. Above: A look at Elon Musk on the magazine covers of both Time and Newsweek (Source: Newsweek /...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 17, 2021. Imagine not being able to participate in races at a dragstrip because your car is simply way too fast. Well, this recently happened to a Tesla Model S Plaid owner — Parker Nirenstein who runs the YouTube channel Vehicle Virgins. Above: Tesla Model S Plaid gets in trouble (YouTube: Vehicle Virgins) His Tesla Model S Plaid was kicked out of a drag racing competition for being “too fast”. With a 0-60 mph time of around 2...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 16, 2021. How quickly will electric vehicles replace the gas-burning kind? Estimates are all over the map: we greenies like to think that the tipping point will arrive in a couple of years; fossil fuel fans tend to believe the transition will take decades. What do auto execs think? Above: Tesla's Model 3 (Source: EVANNEX; Photo by Casey Murphy) President Joe Biden recently set an aspirational target for 50% of US auto sales to...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 15, 2021. Range, range, range! That’s what prospective EV buyers tend to focus on—but the EV with the longest range is not necessarily the best. If your goal in going electric is to save money and help to reduce air pollution, you’d do better to focus on a different number: efficiency. Above: Tesla Model 3 tops the ratings (Source: Electrifying) There’s a lot of information about the efficiency and emissions levels (which are...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 14, 2021. After three years of driving Tesla's white ‘Stormtrooper’ Model X, we decided it was time for a color change. For the uninitiated, there are two ways to change the color of your Tesla. The first—a custom paint job—is very expensive and permanent. The second—a vinyl wrap—is much less expensive, provides color options and styles that are extremely difficult and expensive to achieve with paint, and can be removed if you decide...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 13, 2021. In my life before EVANNEX, I was heavily involved in software engineering process design and implementation. One of my friends and colleagues during that time was Tom Gilb—a well-known author and consultant who specializes in evolutionary systems and software development processes. He is the creator of Planguage— a general-purpose, systems engineering planning language. Tom has a deep understanding of why some engineering...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 10, 2021. Is driving an EV really cheaper than burning gas or diesel? As you, dear readers, surely know, the short answer is yes. Most of us are saving anywhere from 50 to 70 percent on our energy bills since going electric. However, there is a longer answer—the cost of charging depends on many factors, and topping up on the road is quite a different proposition from charging overnight at home. Above: Tesla fleet charging up at...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 9, 2021. The news that Tesla’s Model 3 was the best-selling car in Europe in September was surely an embarrassment for the German automakers, but they are far from beaten. The Volkswagen Group has risen from the ashes of its 2015 emissions scandal to become the EV market leader in Europe, where the company reported that it had 26% market share in the first half of 2021. Source: Tesla / Volkswagen As CNBC reports, while Model 3...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 8, 2021. Model Ys could be rolling off the line at Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas within days. The company recently applied to the state Department of Licensing and Regulation for regulatory approval for the first phase of the facility, a necessary step before production begins. The filed documents reveal Tesla’s planned completion date and budget. Above: A look at the Texas-style 'Don't mess with Tesla' belt buckle (Source: Tesla)...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 7, 2021. Just four years ago, the end of the Oil Age was considered a crazy dream. Today it is official policy in a growing number of countries, states, cities and corporate boardrooms around the world. Above: Tesla Model X charging (Source: Tesla) Certainly, there are good reasons to be skeptical that proposed phase-outs and bans will actually take place as scheduled. However, a major conceptual barrier has been crossed—the...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on December 6, 2021. It's fair to say that Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, is the undisputed leader when it comes to the electric vehicle revolution. The stock market (and a majority of investors) certainly believe that to be the case. However, the US government and major media outlets seem (curiously) to be leaning towards GM CEO, Mary Barra, as today's true EV superstar. Above: Elon Musk on an old Time Magazine cover while Time's new cover features...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 29, 2021. It's a thrilling feeling when you take delivery of your first Tesla. There's that new car smell. The serene silence of having no internal combustion engine. The ultra-smooth acceleration. The addictive torque when you stomp on the accelerator. However, looking at your perfect all-new, all-electric machine might leave you feeling like something is still missing. Above: "MaiOnHigh" on top of her Model 3 (Source...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 26, 2021. Waiting until the last minute for your holiday shopping can be frantic and unsettling. It's like a last-minute fire drill. Sure, if you're a Tesla owner, you're probably ahead of the curve. A friendly reminder though — it might be worthwhile to start your holiday Tesla shopping today. It is, after all, Black Friday and Cyber Monday week. To that end, here's some advice on what's popular for Tesla owners during the holidays...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 24, 2021. Savvy car buyers examine the efficiency figures listed on fueleconomy.gov, to see how much green they’re getting for their green. However, these stats don’t tell the whole story by any means. The greenness and the true cost of any vehicle—EV, PHEV, hybrid or dinosaur-burner—depend on many factors, including the efficiency of a particular model, the region in which it operates, and the type of driving it’s used for...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 23, 2021. Odd as it may seem now, there was a time not too long ago that Tesla was struggling in the German market. Sales in the land of the Autobahn were meager compared to other European countries, and Elon Musk was concerned. “I feel like if we can’t do well in Germany, then that’s not a good sign,” he said in 2013 during a visit to a German Tesla service center. Above: Tesla's Model 3 (Flickr: Mark Vletter) Three years...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 22, 2021. Videos and online articles are all very well, but some of us still like a good, solid book, paper or electronic, and it’s a little surprising that there aren’t more books about the 21st century’s most exciting and most widely-discussed company. When I first released my history of Tesla in 2014, I expected to have the field to myself for only a short time, before a “real” book—one with a hard cover and celebrity blurbs on the...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 19, 2021. This week, President Biden gave GM, not Tesla, credit for "electrifying the entire auto industry." Huh? He also said, "Detroit is leading the world in electric vehicles." What? Well, it turns out things have been getting weird for a while. There's more... let's dive in. Above: American automaker, Tesla, seems to be getting the cold shoulder from the administration (Source: Tesla) In a bizarre move, Tesla will actually...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 18, 2021 Once Tesla’s new Berlin Gigafactory starts cranking out battery packs, it’s going to require plenty of lithium, among other raw materials. We don’t know to what extent Tesla is working with German industrial planners, but we do know that European policymakers have a strategy to establish all the key elements of a local supply chain for the growing EV industry. So, it’s unlikely to be a coincidence that a lithium processing...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 17, 2021. As the legacy automakers increase their commitment to electric vehicles, just about all the auto industry analysts expect that Tesla’s currently dominating market share will erode. However, this is a generalization that glosses over a certain amount of disagreement, and a whole lot of uncertainty. Above: A look at some of the vehicles in Tesla's growing fleet (Source: Tesla) How quickly will the Old Guard be able to...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 16, 2021. Auto dealers are not too popular with electric vehicle advocates (or with car buyers in general, for that matter). Most dealerships outside of EV hotspots like California make little or no effort to sell EVs, and many shoppers have reported that salespeople try to steer them to gas-burners. Several studies have found dealerships to be a bottleneck for EV sales. Above: One of Chargeway's kiosks at a car dealership...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 15, 2021. Of the plethora of pundits who publish predictions, prognostications and polemics about Tesla every day, some “get it” and some don’t. Many will simply never be able to understand how a company that supplies less than one percent of the global auto market could grow to a market value of more than a trillion dollars—more than the value of the legacy automakers combined. Above: Elon Musk showcasing his 360-degree...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 12, 2021. In a long-awaited move that’s expected to be a big boost for the EV market, Tesla has launched a “Non-Tesla Supercharger pilot” at 10 locations in the Netherlands. We’ve known this was coming since July, when the company announced that it would open its famous Supercharger network to drivers of other companies’ EVs. Above: Tesla Supercharger station (Flickr: Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine) The 10 stations are now...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 11, 2021. If you haven't seen it yet, check out this stunning "Special Ops" project from Tesla in conjunction with SS Customs. They've created an eye-catching camouflage Tesla that announces the company's U.S. Veterans Program across the side of the vehicle. Source: SS Customs At EVANNEX, we're also proud to be part of Tesla's "Special Ops" project with SS Customs. To that end, we've donated aftermarket accessories (including...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 10, 2021. As media pundits (including myself) never tire of telling us, Tesla and Apple have a number of things in common—both grew very quickly on the strength of a revolutionary invention, and each has created an ecosystem of products and services, some of which consumers never knew they needed, until they did. Above: A look at two tech titans (Source: Apple / Tesla) Ironically, the companies’ respective markets would seem to...
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 8, 2021. Lucid Motors has officially delivered its first few cars last week in a very upscale and grand manner. The soon to be owners were shuttled to the event, wined and dined, before embarking on the first drives of many (convoy style) to another location where CEO Peter Rawlinson gave a speech thanking the new owners.
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 9, 2021. Tesla’s next-generation battery cell is steadily moving closer to production. The company showed off its new 4680 cell—a tabless battery cell with a new chemistry that promises to boost efficiency and reduce costs—at 2020’s Battery Day event. Since then, several of Tesla’s battery suppliers have reportedly been working on production versions of the 4680 cell. Above: Years ago, Tesla was showcased front-and-center at a...
 
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 5, 2021. Journalists are fond of speculating about events that may or may not happen, and Tesla has always been one of the prime topics for this sort of “what if?” writing. Over the years, we’ve read many an article about all sorts of hypothetical events, from reasonable surmises to wild fantasy. Flickr: Werner Bayer Now that Tesla has become one of the world’s largest companies, many of these narratives have been turned on...
Originally published at https://evannex.com on November 3, 2021. Check out this video by Bjorn Nyland on YouTube. He shows us the new Tesla App for non Tesla EV owners that want to use the Supercharger stations in the Netherlands. It is pretty straightforward and the pricing is on par with competitor charging stations. Hopefully this will spread globally as Tesla has by far one of the most largest and advanced charging networks to date. Don't forget to like and subscribe to the...