There’s no scarcity of engineers who’ve made unbelievable one-off prototypes, which work as proofs-of-concept for potential merchandise. However really producing a given product at scale—for thousands and thousands of individuals—is a really epic problem. Now, a brand new video from electric-car maker Tesla demonstrates that to the Deep House Nines. And the speedy overview of the complicated course of is fairly dancy as well.
The electrical-vehicle maker just lately posted the temporary video to its Twitter and YouTube accounts. The video, merely titled “Making batteries,” reveals how the automobile (and vitality) firm makes lithium-ion battery cells for its automobiles.
The video, which—we’re guessing—the corporate recorded at its Fremont manufacturing unit in California, reveals numerous machines working in elegant, and very speedy, unison. We’re guessing Fremont as a result of that’s the place the corporate has the “pilot factory” producing its new battery kind. The one Tesla says can be cheaper, and extra environment friendly than present lithium-ion batteries. The brand new batteries may also use nickel as a substitute of cobalt. (Cobalt is problematic for the battery business as an entire, largely due to unethical mining practices.)
These batteries additionally seem like those that CEO Elon Musk and his workforce revealed on the corporate’s “Battery Day” in 2020. They are “tabless,” that means they don’t have the tabs regular lithium-ion cells have; ones essential to switch the vitality from the cells to an exterior supply.
On Twitter, Musk mentioned that “Battery cell production is the fundamental rate-limiter slowing down a sustainable energy future,” and that it’s a “very important” drawback.
One of the best manufacturing expertise is in extremely excessive quantity industries, like meals & beverage, some medical (eg syringes) & toys
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 18, 2021
In different tweets, Musk mentioned expertise in high-volume industries, such because the toy business, evokes Tesla’s battery strains. Talking of toys and Teslas, whereas the vehicles themselves are nonetheless expensive, there are extra reasonably priced choices for transportation from the electric-vehicle maker; at the least for teenagers. And when the corporate’s so-called “full self-driving” software program involves fruition—if ever—a visit in a robotaxi must be fairly low-cost too.