Tesla will very soon stop assembling Model S and Model X in Tilburg, the Netherlands. At the end of January, the models were redesigned, which changed the manufacturing process in the United States so that assembly in the Netherlands is no longer possible.
Despite the fact that there are few external changes in the new Model S and Model X, the cars have changed significantly in terms of technology and in the interior. Therefore, the assembly of electric vehicles in Tilburg can no longer technically be carried out on an industrial scale.
The refreshed Model S and Model X are expected to arrive in the Netherlands for the first time in November this year, which means that deliveries of the current generation vehicles to the Tilburg plant will be cut shortly. This plant was opened in 2015 in the presence of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, as well as the country’s economy minister Henk Kamp.
Tesla is reportedly consulting with the works council to find other positions for plant employees. In the city of Brabant, not only cars are assembled, the American brand also has a sprayer workshop, a spare parts warehouse and a so-called refurbishment center, where old or used parts are brought to the quality of new ones. Of the 1,510 people working at Tesla in the Netherlands, 540 work in Tilburg.
Tilburg was particularly busy in 2018. At the time, the Model S and Model X were very popular with business drivers due to their favorable taxes. In that year, 5622 and 2963 vehicles were registered in the Netherlands, respectively. Later, a “Tesla tax” was introduced. In 2020, 292 Model S and 299 Model X were registered.
Traction batteries from China’s BYD have been approved for use in the Tesla Model Y for the European market. The first batch of batteries has already been delivered to the company’s Berlin factory
According to the source, the Dutch regulator RDW on July 1 of this year issued a permit for the use of traction batteries in the Tesla Model Y electric car. Moreover, the first batch of such batteries has already been delivered to the Gigafactory Berlin for car assembly.
Tesla Model Y with BYD solid-state traction batteries is coded Type 005 and internal code Y7CR. The battery capacity is 55 kWh, the weight of the Model Y with such a battery is 2087 km, the cruising range is 440 km.
At the moment, Tesla traction batteries are supplied by LG Energy Solution, Panasonic and China’s CATL. Last year, Tesla became the largest buyer of CATL batteries, shipping $1.9 billion worth of products to the American company. Now, the second Chinese company has entered the Tesla traction battery supplier pool. Moreover, in the domestic Chinese market, Tesla and BYD are direct competitors, since both produce electric vehicles.
An alternative to electric scooters: Airtrick shoe rollers accelerate to 28 km/h
The Hong Kong company Airtrick came up with an interesting initiative. It offers removable E-Skates that can be used instead of electric scooters.
Rollers weighing 1.5 kg each are suitable for shoe sizes from 36 to 46. According to the manufacturer, such rollers can be easily put on, taken off and put into a bag.
The rollers are equipped with 150-watt electric motors, capable of accelerating to 27 km / h and providing a power reserve of 15 km. They are protected from moisture (IPX3).
The price starts at $ 399, the versions are rich in equipment, some have a helmet. So far, the videos are being produced in China and recently entered the Indiegogo co-financing platform.
Revealed jet-powered Zapata JetRacer flying car that flies on kerosene
The JetRacer flying car was unveiled this month by former jet ski world champion Frankie Zapata. The Frenchman’s eponymous company has produced a number of other microjet-powered aircraft that operate above water or above ground, including the recently introduced JetRacer.
JetRacer Zapata differs from other aircraft in its unusual shape. Also, unlike other electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, the JetRacer has no visible propellers and runs on kerosene instead of batteries.
It flies using 10 microjet engines, climbing up to 3,000 meters and reaching a top speed of 250 km/h. JetRacer can move at speeds up to 250 km/h.
“JetRacer is built on a lightweight and modular chassis, which allows it to meet a variety of needs, both civilian and military, as well as be remotely controlled,” Zapata’s official website says. “All critical systems are designed to provide an extremely high level of safety: propulsion, control, power supply, etc.”
The JetRacer is designed to keep flying even if two out of ten engines fail. Zapata is working on two additional JetRacer prototypes, with plans to sell the machine to individuals, businesses, security agencies and the military.
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