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Let's talk about Tesla's new battery design today!

They had a plan to have the cost per kilowatt hour.

So, now we'll go through the plan step by step and how they accelerate this transition and make their vehicles and their grid batteries more affordable.

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@elonmusk Tesla’s new battery tech promises a road to a cheap self-driving electric car.

The new design is “tabless,” which means the rolled-up foils inside each cell won’t need a metal tab running its length in order to enable charging and discharging.
@elonmusk Instead, Tesla’s new batteries use laser-patterned foils that are simpler to make (once the initial engineering is done) and reduces the distance the electrons have to travel, which increases efficiency. Image
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Last week @amazon acquired self-driving #startup @zoox for $1.2bn.

Zoox has been working on a building a special vehicle just for full #SelfDriving. The company raised ~$1bn in total and was previously valued at $3.2bn. /1

#AI #AutonomousVehicles…
2/ Whether Amazon will "rule the world" or not as an article in @Forbes says, it's yet to be clear where #AutonomousVehicles fit in Amazon's business. At the moment, Zoox is expected to continue working on their robotaxi vision.…
3/ However, Amazon will need to spend a lot more after the acquisition in order to bring #SelfDrivingCars to market.…
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The State of #SelfDriving in 2020. A comprehensive view on the key players in #SelfDrivingCars industry with a short summary for each.

"Since 2009, the companies working on robocars have disclosed at least $14 billion worth of investment."

2/ "#SelfDriving engineers were quietly recalibrating expectations and pushing promised timelines back."

"The only platform taking passengers in fully driverless vehicles is @Waymo, a @Google spinoff. It is the sector’s presumed front-runner."

Here's who the other leaders are:
3/ @Cruise
Owned by @GM. Raised >$9bn till date. Targets San Francisco for deployment. Recently unveiled a car without a steering wheel for full autonomy.

Supported by 2 of the world's largest automakers: Ford and VW. Current valuation is $7bn.
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Thanks to @turo I'm renting a #TeslaModel3 during my visit to Silicon Valley - certainly a different experience than traditional #carrental agencies #future #zeroemission #electriccars
Gone to Tesla's HQ in Fremont, California to try the supercharging there. It's supposed to be much faster than before.
I had hoped the Model 3 would charge at the new rate but it didn't happen
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