Going into Tesla’s long anticipated Battery Day, even the most casual observer of the electric-car maker knew that CEO Elon Musk would promise something big. Probably several somethings big. So nobody was surprised to see Musk spend more than an hour discussing Tesla’s decision to start producing its own battery cells with a new architecture and various chemical upgrades, while an audience sitting in a parking lot full of Tesla cars honked their approval. Along the way, he announced plans to build a very nearly truly cheap $25,000 EV and a much more expensive Model S Plaid, which you can already watch whipping around the famed Laguna Seca racetrack.
Underpinning all of this talk, as ever, was Musk’s grand project — not just to make great cars, but to make good on Tesla’s official mission to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” Tesla needs to revolutionize manufacturing because it needs to make its own cells, because it needs more batteries, because it needs to make 20 million cars a year, because the planet just can’t take much more internal combustion.
Even if the logic is sound, the ambition, experts told us, “stretches the bounds of imagination.” But audacity tends to work in Musk’s favor over the long run.
If you missed Battery Day or just need a recap, check out our full breakdown of the event. Read on below for more news from this week, including Nikola’s rough patch, new efforts from airlines to get people back into the air, a swanky new pickup tailgate, and more.
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