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Video of the day: Tesla showed the production of batteries

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Tesla has posted a video showing a battery manufacturing facility in Fremont, California. This is part of a campaign to recruit new employees that Tesla needs to build similar production lines at new factories in Germany and the United States.

Tesla unveiled the new 4680 battery cell in September 2020 and announced the creation of large, flat cells that should dramatically increase battery density.

While Tesla has been involved in the development of new battery cells in the past, the automaker has always relied on suppliers like Panasonic to produce cells for its electric vehicles. However, in order to create new cells and reduce costs, Tesla had to develop new manufacturing processes and rethink the production of battery cells. In introducing the new elements, the manufacturer said it expects to increase capacity and reduce cost per unit of capacity.

The company is already producing new cells in small volumes at a “pilot plant” in Fremont. By the end of the year, Tesla expects to increase the annual production capacity of this plant to 10 GWh and master advanced technologies in new plants. In particular, the plant in the suburbs of Berlin is to be Tesla’s first 4680 battery production facility.

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“Perfect car for travel” – Toyota showed a three-row hybrid Grand Highlander

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Perfect car for travel Toyota showed a three row hybrid

Toyota has announced the release of a new SUV Grand Highlander, which will compete with large cars of the same class.

While the current Highlander boasts impressive hybrid fuel economy, it can’t compete in third-row space with the Kia Telluride, Volkswagen Atlas and Chevy Traverse.

Toyota describes the Grand Highlander as “the ultimate travel car”, citing increased legroom and luggage space. The first teaser of the new three-row SUV gives us an idea of ​​what the rear will look like.

Perfect car for travel Toyota showed a three row hybrid

The Hybrid Max badge indicates that the Grand Highlander Platinum will get the same powerful powertrain as the Crown’s top-of-the-line sedan. and 542 Nm of torque. Toyota hasn’t provided any information about the Grand Highlander’s available powertrains, but it’s likely that the standard 265bhp turbo-four from the base Highlander will be carried over to the new model.

It is not known when the new Grand Highlander will hit the roads, but it is known that Toyota plans to fully introduce the SUV at the Chicago Auto Show on February 8th.

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The first Tesla trucks with megawatt charging have been delivered to customers. The new presentation did not say anything about autopilot

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The first Tesla trucks with megawatt charging have been delivered

Tesla made the first deliveries of its Semi truck to customers on Thursday evening, five years after the unveiling. The online presentation showed trucks adorned with the liveries of Pepsi and Frito-Lay, a snack food subsidiary of PepsiCo.

Tesla Semi was shown as a prototype in 2017. Then Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that production would begin in 2019. At the same time, during today’s presentation, Musk did not say how many trucks were delivered by PepsiCo and how many cars were produced in total.

The first Tesla trucks with megawatt charging have been delivered to customers.  The new presentation did not say anything about autopilot

The all-electric truck features an unusual design in which the driver sits in the center of the cab rather than on the side. Tesla boasts about the truck’s power, saying it accelerates much faster, even when fully loaded, than traditional diesel-powered trucks. During the presentation, a video was shown showing how a fully loaded Tesla Semi accelerates up a steep hill and overtakes other trucks.

Because the Tesla Semi doesn’t have a multi-speed transmission like diesel trucks, it’s also much easier to drive. According to Musk, the truck can travel 800 km on a single charge. It has three electric motors, one of which drives the truck most of the time, while the other two are used primarily for acceleration and hard traction. According to the Tesla leader, the truck can pull up to 37 tons.

The trucks were announced to support megawatt ultra-fast chargers, however it was not announced how long it would take to recharge the truck. These chargers will also be available for use by Cybertruck drivers when the Tesla pickup goes on sale, Musk said.

The first Tesla trucks with megawatt charging have been delivered to customers.  The new presentation did not say anything about autopilot

Interestingly, the Tesla Autopilot system, touted in the first presentation five years ago as a great benefit for long-haul truck drivers, was not mentioned during the new presentation.

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Tank 300 and Ford Bronco competitor. Brutal crossover Chery Jetour T-1 filmed on public roads

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Tank 300 and Ford Bronco competitor Brutal crossover Chery Jetour

Chery has launched its brutal Jetour T-1 crossover on public roads in China, which will compete with the Tank 300 and Ford Bronco. Despite the fact that the car was filmed in camouflage, we are talking about the serial version, since mass production has already begun.

Tank 300 and Ford Bronco competitor.  Brutal crossover Chery Jetour T-1 filmed on public roads

Tank 300 and Ford Bronco competitor.  Brutal crossover Chery Jetour T-1 filmed on public roads

The angular design of the Jetour T-1 is clearly visible even through camouflage. The car will hit the market in two versions: a 5-seater with a length of 4.8 m and a 7-seater with a length of 4.95 m. At the rear, the crossover will be similar to the Land Rover Defender – the spare wheel will be mounted on the trunk lid.

Tank 300 and Ford Bronco competitor.  Brutal crossover Chery Jetour T-1 filmed on public roads

Tank 300 and Ford Bronco competitor.  Brutal crossover Chery Jetour T-1 filmed on public roads
Tank 300 and Ford Bronco competitor.  Brutal crossover Chery Jetour T-1 filmed on public roads

Inside there will be a flat panel similar to the Mercedes-Benz G-class with a virtual instrument cluster and a large screen placed in the center of the front panel.

Tank 300 and Ford Bronco competitor.  Brutal crossover Chery Jetour T-1 filmed on public roads

Jetour T-1 will be offered with several engines of 1.6 and 2.0 liters. Moreover, there will also be a plug-in hybrid option with a power reserve of about 1000 km.

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