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Ford switches to inexpensive Chinese batteries to catch up with Tesla

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Ford Motor has said it will use low-cost lithium iron (LFP) batteries from Chinese battery maker CATL in its electric vehicles.

Ford’s decision to use CATL lithium iron phosphate batteries for the Mustang Mach-E starting next year and the F-150 Lightning starting in 2024 is a big win for the Chinese battery maker.

In addition, Ford Vice President Lisa Drake said the automaker plans to source lithium-iron batteries from a new North American plant starting in 2026. Drake did not specify whether this plant will be built by CATL. That said, Reuters reported in May that CATL was looking for sites in the US to produce electric vehicle batteries for Ford and BMW vehicles.

Ford switches to inexpensive Chinese batteries to catch up with Tesla

Ford’s decision to use lithium-iron batteries in its best-selling electric vehicles in North America will reduce costs by 10-15%. Tesla offers LFP batteries for select low-cost Model 3 sedans sold in the US. Electric truck and van maker Rivian also said it intends to use LFP batteries.

Ford said it has also reached an agreement with CATL to explore the possibility of using the Chinese company’s batteries in Ford vehicles sold in the US, Europe and China. The CATL statement said that “the two companies plan to use their strengths to jointly explore new business opportunities around the world,” including lithium iron and other battery technologies.

In addition, Zeng Yuqun, chairman of CATL, told the World Battery Conference 2022 that CATL batteries accounted for 34% of the market in the first half of this year, compared to 28% last year.

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Geely electric cars are becoming like Tesla. Geely Geometry M6 and Geometry G6 interior images published

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Geely electric cars are becoming like Tesla Geely Geometry M6

A few days ago, Geely declassified the new models of the proprietary electric car brand – Geometry G6 and Geometry M6, which should replace the current Geometry A and Geometry C. In terms of appearance, the new items, although they differ from the current models, the design continuity is still traceable. Now Geely has presented images of the Geometry G6 and Geometry M6 interiors, and here everything is done completely differently: the minimalism of the interior space makes the interior similar to Tesla electric cars.

Geely electric cars are becoming like Tesla.  Geely Geometry M6 and Geometry G6 interior images published

The salons of the G6 and M6 are completely identical. The two-spoke steering wheel was replaced with a three-spoke one. The digital instrument cluster has grown in size: instead of a 5-inch screen in the A and C models, it is 10.2 inches. The center console screen has grown from 12.3 inches to 14.6 inches. The climate control unit, central tunnel and door cards have also changed. The selector for switching driving modes is located on the steering column lever. In general, most of the keys have been removed from the front panel. The stretched air ducts and the “emptiness” on the central panel make the interior of the Geely G6 and M6 similar to the interior of a Tesla car.

Geely electric cars are becoming like Tesla.  Geely Geometry M6 and Geometry G6 interior images published

Geely electric cars are becoming like Tesla.  Geely Geometry M6 and Geometry G6 interior images published

Alas, there are no new details about the technical part. It is assumed that both models will be equipped with traction batteries with a capacity of 54 kWh (430 km range) and 70 kWh (600 km range). The car will be driven by an electric motor with a capacity of 204 hp.

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The Americans installed the most powerful launch vehicle in the world at the moment on the launch pad. SLS is due to make its first flight on August 29

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NASA has placed SLS rockets on the launch pad for launch as part of the Artemis 1 mission.

The Americans installed the most powerful launch vehicle in the world at the moment on the launch pad.  SLS is due to make its first flight on August 29

The launch is scheduled for August 29th. The Artemis 1 mission involves testing the Orion spacecraft and launching it to the moon. The mission will last from 39 to 42 days. Among other things, one of the most important moments of the mission will be the return of the ship to Earth. Orion will not just return, but will enter the upper atmosphere twice. The first entry will be partial with a further return to a higher orbit, after which a full re-entry and landing will follow. Thus, NASA will test the ship for strength.

As for the rocket, once launched, the SLS will be the most powerful rocket currently in use. It is capable of launching up to 95 tons of cargo into the reference orbit, and in the future, after modifications, the figure can be increased to 130 tons. It is capable of delivering 27 tons to the moon.

NASA expects that the upcoming launch will attract a huge number of people to the beach near the spaceport. Cocoa Beach city officials estimate that between 100,000 and 200,000 people will come to watch the launch.

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Even before the launch of Dojo, the Tesla supercomputer has 7360 Nvidia A-100 graphics accelerators and is ranked seventh in the world

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Tesla AI Infra & AI Platform manager Tim Zaman said the electric vehicle maker now has the world’s seventh largest supercomputer by number of GPUs. And this is before the launch of the Dojo supercomputer.

Tim Zaman confirmed that Tesla has upgraded its supercomputer to 7360 A100 (80 GB) GPUs. This makes the Tesla supercomputer one of the largest in the world in terms of the number of GPUs.

The A100 GPUs are made by Nvidia, where Zaman worked before joining Tesla. Each processor has 80 GB of graphics memory and has a bandwidth of 2 TB per second.

Even before the launch of Dojo, the Tesla supercomputer has 7360 Nvidia A-100 graphics accelerators and is ranked seventh in the world

Tesla’s current supercomputer is the forerunner of the Dojo. Interestingly, Tesla noted last year that the company’s supercomputer, even before Dojo, was already the fifth most powerful in the world with the 5760 Nvidia A100. The company has since added about 1,600 GPUs to the system.

The Tesla Dojo supercomputer is developed in-house, so instead of the Nvidia A100, it will use a custom Tesla D1 chip that will be supported by FP32, BFP16, and CFP8. Dojo will be optimized for machine learning workloads, specifically Tesla Autopilot and Full Self Driving.

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