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Elon Musk announces a six times more powerful "Tabless" battery for Tesla's electric cars


Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, announced a “Tabless” battery while streaming the company's “Battery Day” live, with attendees sitting in their own Tesla and watching the billionaire speak on a stage.

Musk said the company is currently making the 4680 cell at its Fremont gigafactory, making Tesla's first internal battery.

Eliminating the tabs allows continuous movement through the system, which delivers six times the power and enables a 16 percent range increase for vehicles.

Musk also revealed the company's plans to make 20 million electric vehicles a year, as well as an affordable $ 25,000 model that is also completely autonomous.

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Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, announced a “Tabless” battery while streaming the company's “Battery Day” live, with attendees sitting in their own Tesla and watching the billionaire speak on a stage

Musk called it the "Tesla Drive-In Theater" as he took the stage overlooking a parking lot with Tesla vehicles and the attendees sat in it to abide by social distancing recommendations.

He joked, "It's a little difficult to read the room when everyone is in the car," even though he was greeted by a chorus of horns honking.

Musk announced plans for Tesla to manufacture its own battery cells, which the company began at its Gigawatt pilot facility in Fremont, California.

The factory took inspiration from facilities that work with filling bottles and making paper to develop a way to keep the assembly line moving continuously.

The battery will power upcoming Tesla electric vehicles, including the heavy semi-truck, roadster and futuristic cybertruck, all of which were on display at the event.

Musk called it the "Tesla Drive-In Cinema" as he took the stage overlooking a Tesla parking lot and attendees sat inside to adhere to social distancing recommendations

Musk called it the "Tesla Drive-In Cinema" as he took the stage overlooking a Tesla parking lot and attendees sat inside to adhere to social distancing recommendations

The tabless battery with the designation 4860 is supposed to make the company's electronic vehicles five times more energy-tight and six times more powerful and increase the range by 16 percent

The tabless battery with the designation 4860 is supposed to make the company's electronic vehicles five times more energy-tight and six times more powerful and increase the range by 16 percent

For the design, Tesla took the existing foils from traditional batteries and created a laser pattern to create dozens of connections in the material

For the design, Tesla took the existing foils from traditional batteries and created a laser pattern to create dozens of connections in the material

The tabless battery with the designation 4860 is supposed to make the company's electronic vehicles five times more energy-tight and six times more powerful and increase the range by 16 percent.

For the design, Tesla took the existing foils from traditional batteries and created a laser pattern to create dozens of connections in the material.

This not only offers advantages for vehicles, but is also easier to manufacture, requires fewer parts and has a shorter electrical path length without tabs.

By reducing the distance the electron has to travel, the cell has fewer thermal problems and a shorter path length in a larger tabless cell, according to Musk, who explained that while the cell is larger, it is 80 millimeters long Weight ratio is better than a smaller tabbed cell.

"That's pretty hard to do," said Musk.

“Nobody has done that before. So … Tesla put a really tremendous effort into figuring out how we could make a damn tabless cell and actually get it working and connecting it to the top cap. & # 39;

The new cell manufacturing system is "close to work," said Musk at the pilot plant level.

Tesla will initially produce the new battery cells on a new assembly line near its vehicle plant in Fremont, California. The planned output should reach 10 gigawatt hours per year by the end of 2021.

Tesla and its partner Panasonic Corp now have a production capacity of around 35 gWh in the battery's gigafactory in Nevada.

The design of a conventional battery is shown. Tesla's new 4860 got rid of the negative and positive tabs on the ends

The design of a conventional battery is shown. Tesla's new 4860 got rid of the negative and positive tabs on the ends

Tesla is currently producing the cell, named 4680, at its pilot plant in Fremont Gigawatt. This makes it the company's first internal battery

Tesla is currently producing the cell, named 4680, at its pilot plant in Fremont Gigawatt. This makes it the company's first internal battery

Tesla will initially produce the new battery cells on a new assembly line near its vehicle plant in Fremont, California. The planned output should reach 10 gigawatt hours per year by the end of 2021

Tesla will initially produce the new battery cells on a new assembly line near its vehicle plant in Fremont, California. The planned output should reach 10 gigawatt hours per year by the end of 2021

Musk also notes that the company plans to rapidly grow battery production to 3 terawatt hours per year, or 3,000 gigawatt hours, over the next few years, which is roughly 85 times the capacity of the Nevada plant.

Musks & # 39; Cybertruck & # 39; which looks like an armored vehicle with a futuristic, angular body in red-gray will go into production in 2021.

The pickup, which Musk said will cost $ 39,900 (£ 31,000) and up, will have an estimated battery range of up to 500 miles.

Tesla boasts that the vehicle's near-impenetrable monochrome exoskeleton provides passengers with maximum protection, along with ultra-strong glass that absorbs and redirects impact force.

The $ 200,000 roadster sports car – an updated version of Tesla's first production vehicle from 2008 – can travel 620 miles on a single charge, a new record for an electric vehicle.

Its top speed is over 250 mph, which would make it the fastest car in general production.

Introduced in 2017, the Semi is a long silver truck that can reach 60 mph with a load of 80,000 pounds.

It features Tesla's semi-autonomous driving system, which keeps a vehicle in its lane without drifting and switching from one highway to another without human intervention.

Prior to the event, many had speculated that the musk would unveil the company's much-anticipated "million-mile battery," which would travel over a million miles over the course of its life – rather than powering a car for a single million-mile journey without charging.

The battery will power upcoming Tesla electric vehicles, including the heavy semi-truck, roadster (pictured) and futuristic cybertruck, all of which were on display at the event.

The battery will power upcoming Tesla electric vehicles, including the heavy semi-truck, roadster (pictured) and futuristic cybertruck, all of which were on display at the event.

The tabless battery will power upcoming Tesla electric vehicles, including the heavy semi-truck (picture).

The tabless battery will power upcoming Tesla electric vehicles, including the heavy semi-truck (picture).

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, conquers the market for heavy pickups with the electric vehicle Cybertruck

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, conquers the market for heavy pickups with the electric vehicle Cybertruck

Musk said in a tweet that the battery improvements to be unveiled won't be in mass production until 2022.

"Important notice on Tesla Battery Day will be released tomorrow," Musk said in a tweet early Tuesday.

"This affects long-term production, particularly Semi, Cybertruck & Roadster, but what we are announcing will not reach serious mass production until 2022."

In a tweet earlier this month, Musk said that "a lot of exciting things will be revealed on Battery Day".

WHAT IS TESLA & # 39; S & # 39; GIGAFACTORY & # 39 ;?

Tesla's & # 39; Gigafactory & # 39; located on Electric Avenue in Sparks, Nevada.

The name of the factory comes from "giga", a unit of measurement that represents billions.

One gigawatt hour equals one billion watts per hour – one million times as much as one kilowatt hour.

Tesla says the factory will produce 35 gigawatt hours of batteries by 2018.

The current structure has a floor area of ​​1.9 million square feet and houses 4.9 million square feet of operating space over multiple floors

The current structure has a floor area of ​​1.9 million square feet and houses 4.9 million square feet of operating space over multiple floors

It's currently 30 percent complete - and when it's done it will be the tallest building in the world

It's currently 30 percent complete – and when it's done it will be the tallest building in the world

This corresponds to global production in 2014.

New York City consumes around 52 gigawatt hours of energy annually.

When completed in 2020, the factory is set to become one of the largest buildings in the world, with a final size of 10 million square feet.

The current structure already has a footprint of 1.9 million square feet and houses 4.9 million square feet of multi-story operational space.

"Once completed, we expect the Gigafactory to be the largest building in the world," said Tesla.

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