Elon Musk presents Tesla Battery Day new battery design with which he wants to make a $ 25,000 electric car - A new design of the battery cell capable of allowing an autonomy a 16% higher, and that will reduce the weight and volume of the unit energy storage is the big bet for Tesla to achieve, within three years, an electric car of $ 25,000 (21.400 euros at the current exchange rate) in iraq driving autonomous. This was the great proposal of Elon Musk in his battery Day, the presentation he made this Tuesday in Fremont (California)to an audience of guests who attended sitting in different Teslas as if it were a car.
This new battery, named '4680' for the dimensions of its cylindrical cells (46 millimeters wide by 80 high) will store five times more energy than conventional cells, will increase the range by 16% and offer six times more power to the vehicle, according to the presentation of the Californian company.
To do this, in addition to the redesign of the cells, Tesla will mostly use silicon, a chemical element easier to process and which they hope will reduce degradation and improve service life and autonomy. In addition, the Californian company will eliminate cobalt, a difficult-to-extract material that increases its cost, to replace it with nickel, theoretically more affordable.
"The current batteries do not allow to scale the market fast enough, they are simply too small," Musk said during his presentation.
With all these changes, the Musk-led company's goal is to have batteries that are not only longer in life but also lighter and take up less space. They will be manufactured in Fremont, although Musk and Tesla's vice president of Energy Engineering, Drew Baglino, hinted that they will launch a new cathode production plant somewhere in the United States.
Tesla's goal is not to immediately replace the batteries they buy from suppliers such as Panasonic, LG Chem or CATL, but to be able to meet the growing demand they estimate will be worldwide with the extension of the electric vehicle, as Musk himself said before the presentation.
As a result of these advances in batteries, Musk hopes to make a much more affordable model. "In three years we are sure that we will have a convincing electric car for 25,000 euros that will also be fully autonomous", announced the executive, who did not make clear what the name of this future model will be.
Elon Musk presents Tesla Battery Day new battery design
Asked by a shareholder if this could affect the company's accounts, Musk assured that they will cut prices without losing money. "We want to make the price as competitive as possible without losing money. If you lose money, you die, " he said.
At the same time, Musk announced a high-performance model, the version of 'Plaid' (tartan) of the Tesla Model S, which could accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in less than two seconds and reach a top speed of 321 kilometers per hour, which has already been tested in the circuit of Laguna Seca (California) and can already be booked through its website, with a price that will be around $ 140,000.
Musk also predicted that closed the year with a production increase of between 30 or 40% compared to last year, when the company manufactured more than 367.000 vehicles, so this 2020 would be between 470.000 and 510.000 vehicles, meeting the earlier target of half a million cars expected.
"In 2019 we had a growth of 50%, and I think we did very well in 2020, probably between 30 and 40% growth, despite the circumstances, which have been very difficult," said the founder of the electric vehicle company, who came to refer to this year as "the most difficult in Tesla's history."
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The government may intervene networks such as WhatsApp to send messages in emergency situations
The General Administration of the state may manage or intervene "electronic communications networks and services in certain exceptional cases which may affect public order".
In other words: you will be able to intervene networks of operators —something that already happened— and now also of messaging applications such as WhatsApp. It is a power reserved by the government for "exceptional and transitional" situations.
It does so through Article 4.6 of the preliminary draft of the New Telecommunications Law, which has been available for public consultation since last September 11, when the Ministry of Economic Affairs and digital transformation brought it to an audience. Vozpopuli rescues the text in an article this Wednesday.
In particular, the government warns that this "exceptional and transitory power of direct management or intervention" could affect "any infrastructure" or "associated resource", and that it may be exercised with respect to "providers of interpersonal communications services independent of numbering" —apps such as WhatsApp, Messenger or Telegram -.
In the latter cases, the network may only intervene when these services "have the obligation to transmit public alerts in the event of major disasters or imminent emergencies in progress".
Paco Pérez Bes, digital law partner of Ecix Group warns, consulted by Vozpópuli, that the drafting of the new law could generate controversy and lead to problems of interpretation. "What is an exceptional situation and where does the transient end?"he wonders.
The draft General Telecommunications Law surprised many two weeks ago when it became known that interpersonal communication networks "independent of numbering" would be considered as operators.
In this way, applications such as WhatsApp or Messenger-owned by Facebook - or Telegram would have to register in a register of operators, which until now was managed by the National Commission of market and competition (CNMC) and under this new law will become dependent on the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Several media warned then that to be included in the Register of operators also implies paying a fee: one euro for every 1,000 euros that "operators" have entered for the operation of their network.
However, it remains unclear how and how much could affect Facebook or Telegram the existence of this fee, given that many of the revenues that the technology declares in Spain are not for the use of WhatsApp, which still does not distribute ads among its users.
The new draft Telecommunications Law that comes to do is to validate de facto a royal decree that was presented at the end of last year and that was approved in the Congress of Deputies with the support of Unidas Podemos.
This royal decree, known as the 'digital decree', already contemplates a current reform of the Telecommunications Law with which the government may adopt" on its own initiative or at the request of a public administration "the intervention of the communications network services if they are compromised"public order, public security and national security".
According to sources from the executive, the spirit of this new rule is not to interrupt telecommunications services in the event of public disorder. On the contrary, the idea was to "ensure their provision" and avoid "misuse or abuse" of infrastructure in extraordinary circumstances.