Monthly Archives: April 2015

Tesla’s Gigafactory batteries could power 3.5m homes

“The Missing Piece” was how Tesla Motors teased the market on invites to a new product line being unveiled today.  The below graphic was sent out to analysts, journalists and industry participants for the launch event at 8pm in California. Confirmed by CEO Elon Musk via Twitter on 30 March 2015, the “major new Tesla … Continue reading Tesla’s Gigafactory batteries could power 3.5m homes

Satellite images show Tesla’s Gigafactory ambitions

Newly released satellite images of the changing Nevada landscape just outside of Reno have revealed the scale of Tesla Motors’ super battery plant, the Gigafactory. Tesla is well under way with phase one of construction that will see the launch of a lithium-ion battery plant with a 7GWh capacity by Q1 2016. The first phase of the plant … Continue reading Satellite images show Tesla’s Gigafactory ambitions

Fall in battery costs exceed expectation

Lithium-ion battery manufacturing costs are five years ahead of levels expected by the International Energy Agency (IEA) back in 2011. An article by Bloomberg View has outlined how the cost of producing batteries that can be made into packs and used in electric vehicles (EV) has fallen much quicker than the IEA anticipated. As published … Continue reading Fall in battery costs exceed expectation

Atacama floods: lithium impact analysed

After a freak storm and flooding in Chile’s Atacama Desert temporarily closed one of the world’s leading lithium operations, fears of further supply squeezes and upward price pressure this year have been allayed after operations resumed. SQM SA’s lithium plant in northern Chile, responsible for nearly 30% of the world’s lithium chemical output, was closed as … Continue reading Atacama floods: lithium impact analysed