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The sheer size of Tesla’s massive battery factory could be a game-changer in many ways

Advertisement<p>17 Comments<p>Credit: Courtesy of Tesla<p>Electric car maker Tesla Motors (s TSLA) hasn’t just blazed its own trail when it comes to designing …

Why Tesla's Vertical Manufacturing Move Could Prove Essential To Its Success

As anyone who’s ever taken an economics course can attest, the automotive industry is literally built on the concept of vertical integration – that is, one company owning both the manufacturing and as much of the supply chain that leads to the factory floor as possible.<p>Sure, economic woes and other …

Tesla’s most disruptive product may not be its cars

“We believe the days when Tesla was known as purely an auto company are numbered,” declared Morgan Stanley analysts in a note this week, after the electric car maker reported another set of stellar results.<p>Endless column inches have chronicled how Elon Musk’s electric car company is disrupting the …

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Why do electric vehicles use so many batteries?

One electric vehicle, one battery, right? Think again.<p>The world’s most recognisable electric vehicles (EVs), such as the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf, run on hundreds, or even thousands, of small battery cells.<p>BMW's new i3 electric runabout spreads 96 battery cells across eight modules in its …

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Samsung: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Fast CompanyThe heads of Wieden+Kennedy’s groundbreaking tech division are leaving<p>Fast CompanySamsung’s Galaxy S9+: Once Again, The Hardware Is The HighlightSamsung makes terrific smartphones that don’t feel like iPhone knockoffs. But when it comes to software, the company still tries too hard.<p>Fast …

Will Apple use some sort of ‘pie in the sky’ battery tech for the iWatch?

We discussed all of the information we had on Apple and Solar products last week, noticing a lot of jobs, patents, and other clues that could indicate the company is readying solar powered products, perhaps even in the iPhone 6 due later this year.<p>There have been Mobile-Solar Apple Jobs that have …

Mastering The Fine Art Of Getting To The Point

We only truly focus for six hours a week. Endless meetings and wordy emails are chipping away at our dwindling attention spans. Joe McCormack, author of Brief, shares his short list of techniques to stay on track.<p>Joseph McCormack thinks everything would be better if people could just get to the …

The Major Problem With Cheap Electric Cars

Mitsubishi is the latest in a long line of automakers to slash prices on an electric car, the unpronounceable, unfortunately named i-MiEV. The model …

China Can’t Be a Global Innovation Leader Unless It Does These Three Things

When the Chinese Communist Party’s central committee wraps up the Third Plenum on November 12, 2014, a shift from efficiency to innovation will likely be one of the major planks in its vision for China. The government’s imperatives are clear: It wants to double incomes by 2020 in the face of a …

Tesla Revenue Up 9% As Production Constraints Hinder Growth

Tesla announced today that its third-quarter revenues hit $603 million, up 9 percent over Q2 and with a 25-percent gross profit margin expected by the end of the year.<p>But its revenue and unit sales fell short of expectations, and investors sent its shares down 12 percent to $154 in after-hours …

Tesla Considers Building The World's Biggest Lithium-Ion Battery Factory

Tesla Motors is looking at building a lithium-ion battery factory that will likely be the biggest in the world, said CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday.<p>“This will be a giant facility. We are talking about something that is comparable to all of the lithium-ion battery production in the world — in one …

The 2 Most Important Decisions An Executive Makes

What to let go of–and ask yourself–when making a leap up the ladder.<p><b>Who and Why.</b><p>The first time I held a general management role, I had a mentor share something with me I found to be pretty life changing.<p>He said, “You need to worry about Who and Why. That’s it.” Here is why this is so</b> …

The Cities Most At Risk To Be Destroyed By Earthquakes, Floods, And Storms

The good news: more people than ever are moving into densely built, sustainable urban centers. The bad news: many of these cities are at grave risk of disruptive natural disasters.<p>The future of cities has never been brighter. More people want to live in them (two-thirds of the planet will be urban …

CEOs No Longer Think Sustainability Is Key To Business Success

Three years ago, CEOs thought that sustainability would make them lots of money. Today, not so much. The market just isn’t rewarding companies enough for being sustainable.<p>How is the world’s quest for environmental sustainability progressing? One way to find out is to ask CEOs of major companies. …

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