Sales of everything from the Nissan LEAF to Tesla Model S and BMW i3 suffered.

Elon Musk Confirms the ‘Giga’ Factory and Right-Hand Drive Release

Back in November we reported that Elon Musk was considering creating a ‘Giga’ Factory to not only produce all the batteries they need but also reuse and recycle them at the end of their life.

In an interview with CNBC on 14 January talking about Telsa’s Quarter 4 sales [NASDAQ:TSLA], Musk let slip that planning for the Giga Factory is well under way with the final selection of which State to build it in taking place “in the next month or so”.

He went on to give a few details of how he would like the factory to be in an ecological sense: “This is going to be a very green factory. There going to be a lot of solar power. It’s going to have essentially zero emissions and there are no toxic elements that are going to come out of this factory and we will build in recycling capability right into the factory. So old packs would come in one side and get reprocessed as new packs.”

The creation of the Giga Factory ties in closely with the affordable Tesla Musk plans to make. The ability to create batteries in high numbers lowers the price making a long-range and affordable EV possible.

It should also be noted that Musk referred to this affordable car as the Model E on air. Transport Evolved predicts a minor spat between Tesla and GM Ford, both of whom have registered trademarks for the ‘Model E’ name.

Right Hand Drive

Before being moved on to a new subject, Musk made sure to comment that the right hand drive Model S “will be coming out in April”. Good news for any customers in right-hand drive countries like the UK, Australia and Hong Kong who have a Model S reserved to name but a few.

When is a Recall Not a Recall

Elon was also asked questions about the Model S over the air update fix for potential overheating problems while charging. He explains that listing this as a ‘recall’, as the Federal Government did, makes no sense in the modern world as the car just updates. No need for anyone to bring their car in to Tesla.




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  • Surya

    Now Musk not only has concrete plans to solve the supply problem, but also offers an answer to the ‘what happens with the batteries when they die?’ question. I know it’s a stupid question, but having a very clear cut answer is nice

    • lad76

      Not a bad question at all when you look down the road ten years at the number of spent batteries.nnnWhat is Nissan and the other auto makers doing with spent batteries? Have they even addressed the question? Seems to me if they make ’em they should be responsible for their life cycle.nnnThis is why Musk is loved…he takes responsibility for solving “all” the problems having to do with his products, not just how to make more money from them.

      • Surya

        Well, the reason I call it a dumb question is because it’s been answered for a long time: old batteries get recycled. They contain lots of valuable material.nBut of course car batteries are replaced when they drop in capacity too much, not when they’re completely dead. Which is why they’ll find a second life in industrial applications where the weight is of less importance than in cars.

      • Mark Chatterley

        Nissan and Renault both have agreements with energy companies to use their ‘old’ batteries as off-grid storage for renewable energy sources.

  • vdiv

    Is it likely that the Giga Factory is in a close proximity to the Numi factory to reduce shipping? A place with lots of sun implies the Southwest, maybe Arizona or Nevada? New Mexico or Texas would be rather interesting, or maybe opt for a place with clean air like Colorado or Utah.

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  • David Murray

    I would think the logical place to open such a factory would be right next to the factory that makes the cars. Why pay extra money to ship the batteries to the factory?

    • TonyWilliamsSanDiego

      Fremont, California is a grossly expensive place to live, and land is at an absolute premium. The batteries could easily be shipped to Fremont from anywhere in the sunny southwest USA where land is cheap.nnNevada is the most logical, east of Reno, with rail service to Fremont.

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