The most important piece of technology that Tesla is working on isn't an electric car. It isn't a solar roof. It's a battery. Not the Powerwall or the new Powerwall 2, but a chunky, squat cylinder — like an oversized shotgun shell — called the 2170.
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Tesla just dropped more info on its upcoming Model 3 electric car — y'know, the one we can all afford. It, along with Tesla's current cars, are now being built with the hardware to make full self-driving autonomy possible.
Unexpected by most. That's the term that Tesla boss and potential future Martian warlord Elon Musk has used to refer to an upcoming product launch planned for next week. What could it be?
Today, Tesla starts selling the Model X in Australia. It's a $130,000-plus all-electric SUV that seats up to seven adults in comfort, can travel nearly 550km on a single charge, and can accelerate up to 100km/h in just over 3 seconds. Like the Model S, you can charge it for free at Tesla's network of Superchargers.
Where the Model S was based around a relatively simple concept, though — a luxurious car built around a huge battery and electric motors — the Model X integrates that technology into every door and panel. It's one of the most complicated cars you can buy, and you'll start seeing it on Australian roads soon.
Tesla's second Aussie customer testimonial video — after Internode founder and long-time Tesla fan Simon Hackett — is called "Fully Charged", and it follows a customer from Queensland who owns both a Tesla Model S and a Powerwall battery and solar setup for his home. Clint Luna charges his car and powers his home using the Powerwall, relying on the state's sunny weather for a reliable solar-powered boost.
A couple of years after the Tesla Motors Model S all-electric luxury sedan launched into the Australian market, we're also getting its newer, larger sibling. Based on the same chassis and electric motor and lithium ion battery setup, the Tesla Model X will cost roughly the same price, with the most basic twin-motor all-wheel drive Model X 60D starting at a $111,900 RRP. And it'll be in Australia before Christmas.
The building that will — eventually — be the biggest in the world by footprint, and also the largest factory, is finally open for business. Over the weekend, Tesla held the grand opening of its first Gigafactory, inviting press and members of the public alike to celebrate the launch of the production facility that the company needs to build enough cells to create the lithium ion battery packs for its expanding fleet of vehicles.
Buying your way into the exclusive Tesla owner's club in Australia gets you a ticket to some pretty cool events — albeit at a pretty significant six-figure price tag. After a social drive day from Sydney to the historic Hydro Majestic in the Blue Mountains and a Victorian meet at a petrol station without petrol, a third Aussie event was a movie screening at the company's Melbourne showroom — a drive-in movie.
Tesla's newest, largest and first retail-only store in Australia has just opened to the public. Ahead of the store's unveiling, Gizmodo took a look at the electric car maker's premiere location in Australia, which occupies a prime position in Sydney's Martin Place, next door to Apple, with thousands of well-heeled pedestrians passing every day.
Elon Musk is on the brink of acquiring the the next critical component in a solar-electric transportation future. Tesla Motors just made an offer to buy SolarCity, one of the largest solar providers in the US — a company not coincidentally founded by Musk's cousins, which Musk holds a large stake in already.