Tesla is developing its own cells in-house at a “secret battery lab” as it prepares to launch its own battery cell manufacturing, according to a report. expand full story

June 25

A Tesla Semi prototype has been traveling around Northern California over the last few days and it stopped in Rocklin where an Electrek reader managed to get a close look.

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June 24

Tesla has secured an exemption on a 10% tariff that would have applied on Japanese aluminum used in the production of battery cells at Gigafactory 1.

The exemption application shows that Tesla is planning a significant ramp up in battery production. expand full story

June 20

Tesla has been facing several unionization efforts at the Fremont factory and at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo. It’s ramping up at the latter as the union is accusing the automaker of breaking labor laws over firings and surveillance. expand full story

June 14

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla getting into battery cell production, a 400-mile range electric car is coming soon, solar roof V3 is coming, and more.

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June 13

Evergrande, a Chinese firm believed to be the biggest real estate company in the world and backers of electric vehicle startups like Faraday Future and NEVS, announced a massive $23 billion investment in the production 1 million electric cars and 500 GWh of batteries per year. expand full story

June 12

Northvolt, a battery startup founded by two former Tesla executives, announced a $1 billion equity capital raise for its battery gigafactory in Sweden, in addition to a planned 50/50 joint venture with Volkswagen on another gigafactory in Germany.

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Elon Musk hinted, or really all but confirmed, that Tesla is getting into producing its own battery cells using its newly acquired technology from Maxwell and it might even get into mining minerals for those batteries. expand full story

May 31

Tesla CTO and co-founder JB Straubel has sold about ~$3 million worth in TSLA shares after exercising a bunch of options. We’ve also learned that his presence around the Palo Alto office has been ‘scarce’ over the past 6-8 months or so. expand full story

May 29

Tesla has yet to announce its final decision on whether it plans to build Model Y at its factory in Fremont, California or Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, but it has now reportedly started work to prepare for Model Y production in Fremont. expand full story

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