TodayMay 14, 2021

Road trip in a creepy Tesla Model S

What happens in a Tesla that makes it creepy?

Gary Calderon, Tesla product specialist took Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation for a test drive in the 2014 Tesla Model S.

When Calderon shows us the ability to turn the back camera on while driving you can see the go-pro, but what/who else do you see?

It’s not decided yet where the construction of a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States, known as the Gigafactory will be built. Tesla has cleared land on a site near Reno but they will do similar work on additional sites in CA TX NM or AZ before deciding which location will go to completion.

According to a press release by Tesla, “According to the agreement, Tesla will prepare, provide and manage the land, buildings, and utilities. Panasonic will manufacture and supply cylindrical lithium-ion cells and invest in the associated equipment, machinery, and other manufacturing tools based on their mutual approval. A network of supplier partners is planned to produce the required precursor materials. Tesla will take the cells and other components to assemble battery modules and packs. To meet the projected demand for cells, Tesla will continue to purchase battery cells produced in Panasonic’s factories in Japan. Tesla and Panasonic will continue to discuss the details of implementation including sales, operations, and investment.”

“The Gigafactory is being created to enable a continuous reduction in the cost of long-range battery packs in parallel with manufacturing at the volumes required to enable Tesla to meet its goal of advancing mass-market electric vehicles. The Gigafactory will be managed by Tesla with Panasonic joining as the principal partner responsible for lithium-ion battery cells and occupying approximately half of the planned manufacturing space; key suppliers combined with Tesla’s module and pack assembly will comprise the other half of this fully integrated industrial complex. The Gigafactory is planned to produce 35GWh of cells and 50GWh of packs per year by 2020.”

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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.