Tesla Kicks Off Battery Production At It’s Gigafactory And Will Produce Enough For 1.5 Million Electric Cars

Elon Musk’s long sought dream of making the future truly sustainable just got one step closer, as Tesla just started their first lithium-ion battery mass production Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada. This production is the first part of their ambitious plan of producing 150 GWh of lithium-ion battery cells annually. These batteries will be enough for up to 1.5 million electric vehicles as Tesla intends to manufacture over 500,000 cars per year before 2020. With reports of the company receiving more than 400,000 pre-orders for the Model 3, this doesn’t seem like a distant reality.

The Gigafactory will be making batteries entailing “2170 battery cell”, which are 21 millimeters in diameter and 70 millimeters in length. Tesla came up with the design after a partnership with Panasonic, and these cells will appear in Tesla’s Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy products. The batteries for the much-anticipated Model 3, which will be company’s first affordable EV, will also be produced in the second quarter.

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Tesla claim on their website that by 2018, the Gigafactory will be able to produce 35 GWh per year of lithium-ion battery cells, which is

“nearly as much as the rest of the entire world’s battery production combined.”

It further boasts about the magnanimity of the design,

“Already, the current structure has a footprint of 1.9 million square feet, which houses 4.9 million square feet of operational space across several floors. And we are still less than 30 percent done. Once complete, we expect the Gigafactory to be the biggest building in the world.

The company is also planning to build a second Gigafactory in Europe, with the location yet to be revealed. The company was also quick to point out that this mega factory will help in creating jobs for several thousand employees this year. It also claimed that at peak production, they would hire 6,500 people and the sheer influence of such a large scale production will create another 20,000 to 30,000 jobs in the surrounding areas.

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Dutch Students Create A Solar Powered Family Car

Solar cars and other vehicles, though good initiatives, have always been short of urban application. With odd-looking solar panels protruding from the sides and top, small bicycle size wheels and limited speed have forced these renewable energy based cars to remain in commercial infancy. But, the prevalent perception of them has been challenged by these students from Holland as they have made the first truly urban solar-powered car for the family. The car is so efficient that it produces more electricity than it needs!

The team belongs to the Eindhoven University of Technology, and they aim to commercialize it a point in the future. The car can accommodate four persons, and it is slated to compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia later this year. It took the automotive enthusiasts more than 18 months to complete this project, and many of them had to sacrifice their academic calendars for this purpose.

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Contrary to what you may believe, this group is quite experienced in this field. They made their first solar car Stella two years back and presented it at the same forum. Stella was a prequel to this family car as it explained the concepts on which the team wanted to work to achieve a genuine solar-powered family car. Now their dream has turned into reality. The subsequently named it Stella Lux.

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The Stella lux 64 square feet of solar panels attached to a battery totalling 15KWh. In a single charge, the car can run for 621 miles without Sun in Holland. In Australian climate that is hotter and sunnier, the car can go for 684 miles at a sufficient top speed of 78 Mph. The body had to be made as light as possible, so most of it is made from carbon fibre, and the total weight of the frame is just 827 lbs. The design is very aerodynamic but doesnt appear comical to the contemporary eye.

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A personal weather navigational system was designed for this car. It can locate the best possible route with the sun shining from a distance, and it will always manoeuvre towards it. Due to the better handling, it is poised to perform admirably in the Australian Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia. It is a 1,864 miles race from Darwin to Adelaide. Many are hoping that it to win! Would you?

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Watch How Honda’s New Experimental Motorcycle Balances Itself Even Without A Rider

Anyone who has ever driven any two wheeler knows that it is far easier to balance when traveling at high speeds using the law of conservation of momentum. The balancing gets a wee bit more challenging when the speeds drop while, let us say, stopping at a signal or backing it from the driveway. But Honda claims that their new experimental Riding Assist technology balances the bike even when it comes to a stop, and we will explain how the magic happens!

This is the same technology Honda has developed for their ASIMO robot and its self-balancing scooter, the UNI-CUB. It departs from the traditional method of using gyroscopes for balance as they add a lot of weight to the vehicle and decrease their efficiency. Instead, the latest technology moves the angle of the front fork automatically when at low speeds to improve stability.

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Also, when the bike is moving at speeds of less than three miles per hour, small left, and right steering adjustments are made to the front wheel which ensures that the motorcycle maintains its balance, with or without a rider on board.

This explains why Honda has spent so much money on R&D projects like ASIMO or the UNI-CUB, which have come up with remarkable inventions in the field of robotics. While it would be exciting to watch this technology in action, there is no word on when it will be converted into a consumer product.

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Researchers Hack A Tesla Car From 12 Miles Away

As if Elon Musk’s woes were any less, here comes another blow to his companies’ repute. Tesla self-driving cars have been the centre of unwanted attention due to their involvement in accidents, and now Tesla Model S has been exposed to be vulnerable to hacking.

A team of researchers used a WiFi network and a browser to wirelessly attack a Tesla Model S. They were successful in their attempt, and took over its internal electronic components including the car’s brakes. Adding insult to the injury, they pulled it off from 12 miles away.

Pic Credits: motor1

Pic Credits: motor1

These ethical hackers have been testing the Tesla S model for its soft spots, and apparently, they managed to find them quite easily. Besides taking control over the brakes, they also took control over electronic equipment such as the windshield wipers, the door locks and the trunk. Although this isn’t the first time someone has hacked a Tesla, but this is one the very few occasions when the hackers could take so much control over the car from that kind of distance.

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The hackers also revealed that the hack was done using a car connected to a malicious wi-fi network and using Tesla’s inbuilt browser. And for a car on the road, this possibility isn’t exactly out of the world. The research team has sent their findings to the company, who have who issued a security patch to fix the problems, for now.

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Delphis Self-Driving Car Becomes The Worlds First To Drive From Coast-To-Coast

Automotive parts manufacturing giant Delphi has achieved the longest distance by any self-driving car as their car Roadrunner completed a 3400 mile coast-to-coast cross-country journey for the first time in history.

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Completely automated self-driven cars are still somewhat of a novelty as there are considerable barriers that need to be overcome in order to introduce this technology to the public. But continuing advancements are ensuring that the day will not be far ahead when driver-less cars are roaming around ensuring safe travel. Delphi had developed its own self-driven car roadrunner a while back and they were developing it to undertake a long journey.

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The company announced in March that it would be undertaking this pioneering journey to conduct extensive research that will aid the further development of this safe active technology. Throughout the 3400 miles, roadrunner faced numerous tests and complex driving situations that it had to analyze and navigate through like constructions sites, aggressive drivers, complex turnings and differing weather conditions. Delphi was pleased to announce that 99 percent of the travel was completely automated and done by the roadrunner all on its own and they would completely analyze the 3 terabytes of data collected by the roadrunner during the 9-day trip. An engineer was always present beside the steering wheel in the entirety of the journey but the car made it through to the end without accidents.

There are different levels of automated driving as defined by the NTSA. The lower levels only involve function specific automation while higher levels also include fully automated drive that Roadrunner used 99 percent of the time.

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The Roadrunner had extensive sensing systems coupled with advanced control techniques. It boasted long-range radars, short-range radars, Lidar radars, localization systems and advanced algorithms for collision avoidance and other decisive manoeuvres. Much of these technologies are already being used by self-driven cars to navigate but Delphi wanted to undertake this trip in order to prove that long-distance traveling wont be a problem, at-least for their car.

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This Is How The 2016 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe Looks Like

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The Sedan version is also covered by Hondas patents. It retains the sloping top that resembles the coupe version. Plus it has a completely redesigned rear for better driving experience and lesser drag. Overall, except for some flashy curves, the sedan looks more or less like the concept car presented given below. The Sedan and Coupe versions have similar rear and windscreen with the rear half of the vehicles exhibiting the main difference.

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These models are version 10.0 of the Civic family and we havent yet considered the hatchback five-door version for now. It looks like the 9th version will carry on for the time being due to its popular demand. Not much is known about the technical details of the new civic but it is expected that the cars will boast the conventional 2.0 L normally aspirated engine with four cylinders and 1.5 L turbocharged all fours. The Honda VTEC technology will carry on in the engine.
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