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Tesla Model Y, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Invoiced 16,934 Million Dollars in Q2, Announced More Capacity: 1.9 Million Cars

The second quarter of 2022 will be remembered as the first time in which things did not go so well for Tesla – in a relative way -, although it was obviously due to external causes: the Shanghai Gigafactory had to close for 20 days in a row and then they had to deal with many different logistics problems, which meant that finally some 50,000 cars went out of production. Still, the company announced even more capacity: 1.9 million cars.
Tesla Model Y battery pack

Elon Musk Says 4680 Cells Are Recyclable Following Munro’s Challenge To Tear Down A Structural Pack

Munro & Associates is currently in the process of tearing down a refreshed Model Y with 4680 cells and a structural pack. And in the tear-down process, they have found getting to the batteries extremely challenging. This has led some individuals to believe the 4680 cells are non-recyclable. However, Elon Musk reassured us that the new cells are indeed recyclable.
Tesla Model Y structural battery

Elon Musk Responds To Sandy Munro’s Tear Down Of The 4680 Tesla Model Y With Structural Pack

Munro & Associates has begun the first teardown of the 4680 Model Y with a structural battery pack. From the initial observations, the firm's engineers have called the structural pack architecture mind-blowing. And now, Musk has responded to Munro & Associate's comments saying "it is still far from optimized."
Tesla Model S, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Model S And Model X Now Recognize Potholes On The Road, And Will Soon Be Able To Avoid Them

Tesla has added a feature to Model S and Model X that allows them to recognize road conditions, detect potholes, speed bumps and other imperfections on the road, and adjust the car suspension accordingly. The idea for the future is to combine this features within the Autopilot so that the system can automatically dodge them.
Tesla Model Y at Giga Texas

Tesla Has Achieved An Incredible Model Y Production Ramp At Giga Texas Suggest Insider Leaks

New leaks suggest Tesla has achieved an incredible production ramp at the company's newest facility in Austin, Texas. According to the leaks, Tesla has already reached a production rate of between 2000 and 5000 Model Y's a week at the facility.
Tesla Model Y

Tesla Has Begun Delivering Model Y Long Range With 2170 Cells & Updated Interior From Giga Texas

After starting production at Giga Texas with the refreshed Model Y with 4680 cells and a structural battery pack, today, Tesla has also started selling a second Model Y variant from the Austin facility. The new Model Y Long Range comes with the 2170 cells and updated interior features.
Gigafactory Berlin, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Gigafactory Berlin To Have A Third Shift: More European Tesla Models

Tesla Giga Berlin continues to prepare for mass production, although it is currently still a "money burner" as per Elon Musk´s comments, due to its relatively low production volumes. The company has not managed - like every other automaker - to stabilize its supply chain issues yet; but still, that is not the entire picture: Giga Berlin wasn't offering salaries lucrative enough in order to quickly fill its vacancies, but Tesla has already taken notice and is offering more euros for the same job.
Powerwall, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Virtual Power Plant To Compensate Powerwall Users Who Help Avoid Blackouts

Tesla has teamed up with the electric company PG&E in California to release a new version of the Powerwall virtual power plant. The highlight is that in the event of a power emergency, users who contribute their backup energy will receive 2 dollars for each kWh contributed.
Tesla Model Y

Tesla Starts Selling Long Range Giga Texas Built Refreshed Model Y With 4680 Cells For A 9.5K Discount

According to new sources, Tesla has begun selling a second variant of the refreshed Model Y with 4680 cells & structural battery pack. The new vehicle, produced in Giga Texas, is a Model Y Long Range and starts $9,500 cheaper than the Long Range Model Y produced at Tesla's Fremont California pant.