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May 12, 2016

The revolution is solar powered and stored in your garage: SunRun announces PowerWall system

The home energy storage revolution is upon us. SunRun, a national full service solar power installer and financier, announced the first installation of their BrightBox product. BrightBox is a solar energy storage solution, utilizing a Tesla PowerWall, for your home that includes a solar system and solar battery. This is exciting because it adds to the […]

February 24, 2016

Elon Musk hires Apple’s alloy expert to lead materials engineering at both Tesla and SpaceX

Elon Musk, CEO of both electric automaker Tesla and rocket manufacturer SpaceX, splits his time between his two companies, which he also co-founded and financed with most of his early fortune from Paypal. Now Electrek has learned through sources that Musk will not be the only executive dividing his time between Tesla and SpaceX since the CEO hired Apple’s […]

May 30, 2015

Opinion: Times article on Musk’s “empire” being fueled by government subsidies is grossly one-sided [Updated]

The Times published an article over the weekend titled “Elon Musk’s growing empire is fueled by government subsidies”. The article is well-researched and mostly accurate, but it conveys a clear disdain for the fact that Musk’s companies are taking advantage of the government subsidies available to them. The publication compiled data from government programs and came to the […]

April 3, 2015

Lithium electric car battery prices are falling faster than industry analyst forcasts

MIT Technology Review: The true cost of lithium-ion batteries in electric cars is a secret closely held by manufacturers. And estimates of the cost vary widely, making it tough to determine just how much lower they must go before electric vehicles with long ranges can be affordable for most buyers. But a peer-reviewed study of […]

March 9, 2015

Drone imagery of Tesla Gigafactory shows rapid build, Musk agrees on Twitter

Amazing how fast this thing is going up. Sause. Also over the weekend Tesla CEO Elon Musk had some words for the reports which said that the Gigafactory build was slowing. There is no slowdown of the Gigafactory construction underway, as anyone near Reno with eyes can verify. It's not subtle. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) […]

March 6, 2015

Tesla’s top brass visit Gigafactory in Reno, NV

Some good shots above.

March 3, 2015

Insider posts scale model of Gigafactory and current building shots to Instagram

https://instagram.com/p/zyIHbRH4eu/ Kimbal isn’t just Elon’s Brother he’s also on Tesla’s Board of Direcotrs. We’ve seen the Gigafactory in a lot of imagery Tesla has presented but this is the first I’ve seen of a 3D model. https://instagram.com/p/zyKvNtn4St/ https://instagram.com/p/zyHyu1n4eI/ More below:

February 19, 2015

Analyst: Electric cars will cost less than internal combustion within a decade

  The main differentiator will be battery economies of scale exemplified by Tesla’s Gigafactory which is now under construction outside of Reno Electric car Analysts are often wrong but since Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache’s thinking lines up with mine, I’m going to go ahead and post this from Quartz on the price gap between electric cars […]

February 12, 2015

Tesla earnings big 3: Apple-size market cap, consumer battery and secret demand weapon to deploy on dealers

[tweet https://twitter.com/llsethj/status/565673970834628608 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/llsethj/status/565683672645644289 align=’center’] [tweet https://twitter.com/llsethj/status/565681464608833536 align=’center’] Seeking Alpha provides a transcript of last night’s Earnings Call (embedded below). [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvB01EibT2g&start=900] The 3 big notables: In the early part of the discussion CEO Elon Musk said: We are going to spend staggering amounts of money on CapEx. I mean for a good reason and with the […]

February 1, 2015

Tesla Gigafactory progress detailed in amateur video

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1uETD1rGJQ] It’s hard to get my head around the size of this thing which seems unprecedented. Some comparisons from Reddit:

January 26, 2015

100% electric transportation and 100% solar by 2030 [Video]

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421914688&x-yt-cl=84503534&v=RBkND76J91k] This is my exact reason for starting this site. [tweet https://twitter.com/llsethj/status/402446541031755776] Redditor AFDIT gives a good overview overview of the talk above: EVs: Disruption = a new market / complete take over of an old one. You can’t compete with the performance. Costs for batteries / EVs keep coming down. Gigafactory etc will bring […]

November 14, 2014

The backstory behind the selection of Tesla’s Gigafactory site

Long read from Fortune about the selection of the Reno Nevada site. Long story short: Nevada’s package and the quick work and willingness of a brothel-owning politician and businessman sealed the deal. Still, the victory came at an eye-popping price, generating criticism in the press. Nevada is paying more than $200,000 for each of the 6,500 […]

November 5, 2014

Tesla’s Q3 2014 earnings report: What to look for $TSLA

Later this afternoon, all eyes will be on Tesla as the automaker is slated  to release its Q3 2014 earnings report. The consensus on Wall St. is that Tesla will report a loss of $0.01 a share on revenue of $892 million. On the low end of the earnings spectrum, one analyst anticipates a loss […]

September 24, 2014

New York/SolarCity announce the largest solar manufacturing facility in Western Hemisphere at RiverBend

Big news for those who are looking to Solar to power the world’s transportation over the next century:New York’s Governor Cuomo:  

September 11, 2014

Gigafactory address revealed (Eddie Grant style)

Official Gigafactory address to be: Electric Avenue, McCarran, Nevada — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 11, 2014

September 5, 2014

Tesla gets $1.25B tax break to build their Gigafactory in Nevada

(abbreviated video below) To be honest, I think CEO Elon Musk was always planning for Nevada. There are lithium mines there. IT is a short rail ride away from Tesla’s Fremont, CA plant. The other states and redundant ground breaking was to get a better deal and keep the politicians honest. It would appear it worked. […]

September 3, 2014

Reno, Nevada will be site of the Tesla Gigafactory

The Gigafactory location was the topic of discussion when I went on Bloomberg in February. A few reasons I thought it is Nevada’s to lose: Nevada is geographically close to Tesla’s Fremont CA plant. Northern Nevada is on a quick direct Train route. Northern Nevada also is the US’s only meaningful Lithium mine. Another huge deposit is […]

August 21, 2014