AD #2358 – Performance Tesla Model 3 Details, Solid State Batteries Decade Away? FCA in Diesel Emissions Hot Water

May 21st, 2018 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:59

0:29 Tesla Model 3 Performance Version Details
1:19 Toyota Says Solid State Batteries Decade Away
1:52 Merrill Lynch Issues Industry Warning
2:59 FCA in Hot Water Over Diesel Emissions
3:55 Former Ford Pres. Lands at Multimatic
4:28 Indy 500 Qualifying Results
5:45 3D Printing Can Help Reduce Complexity

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18 Comments to “AD #2358 – Performance Tesla Model 3 Details, Solid State Batteries Decade Away? FCA in Diesel Emissions Hot Water”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    With tongue firmly inserted in cheek: Tesla can’t meet production, raises prices of entry model, the rest of auto producers facing off-lease flooding of supply (still make great stuff), industry warning hovers; Tesla stock splits with remaining stock priced at 35% rise (while GM, Ford and FCA devalued to junk). You just can’t make this stuff up; oh, yeah, I just did. :D

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    J. P. Morgan thinks it’s a great idea for Ford to quit making cars.

  3. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Raj Nair being named the COO at Multimatic shows the Old Boy CEO/COO network is alive and well. Multimatic should be ashamed to have hired this slimy person. What is wrong with them? Tesla sure has the auto critics/writers snowed with their products and prices. I guess there are suckers out there for every car he makes…just don’t take your eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel. A glut of off lease cars coming to the used car market is great. Makes buying a very close to new vehicle affordable for many people.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Will even one of these off-lease cars have a manual transmission, though?

  5. Barry Says:

    Can anyone really believe anything that Elon says? Tesla production is far below what we were told and now the cost of the Model 3 is far higher than what all those who put down their deposits. He reminds me of our governmental leadership promising far more than what’s produced.
    Barry Rector

  6. Lisk Says:

    I am really disappointed by the news on the solid state batteries. Despite the obvious power density advantage, I would think they would be less prone to fire than the current cells. Tesla has been getting some undeserved bad exclusive press by their cars catching on fire after a crash.

    Does anyone else think $5000 for an extra motor in a Tesla sound a bit pricey? It is nice of Elon to let us know that if one of the motors fails, you have a backup? Who says these crazy things?

    Great job for Ed Carpenter, his 3rd pole position. If his pit crew can keep him in contention, he might finally pull an Indy 500 off. A special mention to Danica. I think Indycar is where she really belonged, not NASCAR. I’m not expecting her to win, but I don’t think we’ll see her get caught up in someone else’s wreck like happened many times in stock cars.

    4) Kit, I doubt you’ll see many manuals come off lease. The hit to the residual when you start the lease is pretty big, making many “unleaseable”.

  7. Albemarle Says:

    I wonder how many years Tesla can go around touting a $35,000 car while never making one. I understand why they are doing it; I just don’t understand how so many people keep saying they make a $35,000 car.

    No surprise about solid state batteries. EVs have turned out to be evolutionary, not revolutionary and that’s ok. It’s an opportunity for great engineering like in the Bolt EV. And it’s an opportunity for society to get a handle on their pros and cons.

  8. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    7…they did make ONE! Its locked in garage never to be seen again. Tesla gets a pass on many things and that should stop. Bait and switch or some sort of deception…they used to crucify car dealers for this kind of sales tactic.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    $5000 for an extra motor in the Tesla is a bargain, compared to the $2500-3000 that people pay for 4wd on any number of vehicles. They don’t get an extra motor, just worse gas mileage, with little benefit, especially in places where there is never ice or snow on the roads. If the Tesla needs an extra motor for reliability, though, they need to find a different source of motors, Electric motors, with one moving part, should be very reliable.

    At least Tesla is getting Model 3 production ramped up, at least somewhat. Bloomberg estimates they are now building 2900/week. If that is correct, they have come a long way over the last couple months. I’m wondering about the quality, though.

  10. merv Says:

    that 3d printed part comparison was an eye opener for me. Amazing what just that 1 item represents in terms of costs and complexity vs 3d printing. Makes me wonder whats next?

  11. Len Simpson Says:

    A half ton of batts in the belly makes no sense at all. if Nissan ever brings their 48v , eng/gen to US market, it’ll blow every other EV right out of that market–again—KISS RULES !@

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 The Note E-Power uses a Leaf traction motor, which means the ~1.5 kWh battery is 300+ volts, not 48 volts. You must be thinking of mild hybrid Ram trucks, or something like that, re. 48 volts.

  13. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Another fatal accident with a Tesla model S. Wound up in a lake submerged. Reason at this time unknown.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Does anyone know fatality rates of Teslas, relative to other cars? John or Sean?

  15. joe Says:

    I thought the Model 3 was supposed to be affordable to the mainstream buyers. Elon Musk can never tell the truth about anything!!

  16. Lambo2015 Says:

    Toyota may put solid state batteries out to 2030 but leave it the Chinese and it will be much sooner.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    …or maybe a Massachusetts company.

  18. Stephen Says:

    Nissan has bet big on current battery tech. Remember much of the research on Li-ION battery innovation was done in US federal labs. Its also Samsung/LG (korean) who are the leading battery tech manufacturers even if Nissan is building its own. Anyway if 3D printing cuts weight-cost as expected- we may not need solid-state to come to the rescue