January 2nd, 2021 by Johnna Crider
Nikkei Asia has reported that Panasonic will begin producing prototypes of a new, cheaper type of battery for Tesla’s electric vehicles — the new tabless 4680 battery cells. Panasonic will start producing them sometime in 2021. Retail News Asia also noted that Tesla has confirmed its new battery cells will be produced by Panasonic in its dedicated facility at the Gigafactory in Nevada.
Although Tesla has plans to make the new cell itself, Nikkei Asia pointed out that those in the battery industry believe that Tesla may find it difficult to handle all of the production on its own and that Panasonic will seek a future partnership to take on some of the load. The article also pointed out that Panasonic will set up a prototype production line at existing facilities — most likely at its dedicated facility at the Giga Sparks facility. This project is expected to cost “tens of millions of dollars,” the article noted.
Back in March, Panasonic recorded $4.57 billion in sales from its automotive battery business, with Tesla as its main customer (by far). Panasonic plans to expand capacity by 10% in 2021 at Giga Sparks and could be considering a new factory in Europe. According to fresh data, Panasonic the the 3rd largest EV battery producer in the world, with 19.2% market share.
Retail News Asia had a bit more to add including that the new 4680 batteries are only being manufactured in the Fremont factory for now — even though Panasonic has its facility inside the Sparks, Nevada Gigafactory.
The article also noted that there were reports claiming that LG Chem was manufacturing batteries similar to Tesla’s tabless batteries and that Tesla could be tapping into both Panasonic and LG Chem production capabilities for these in the future while also doing its own thing as it scales its business to new markets.
More Batteries Quickly are Critical to Tesla’s Mission
Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, made the following comments last year at Tesla Battery Day:
“The fundamental good of Tesla — it’s like, if you look back in history and say, “What good did Tesla do?” The good will be: by how many years did we accelerate sustainable energy? That’s the true metric of success. It matters if sustainable energy happens faster or slower, and so that’s really how I think about Tesla and how we should assess our progress. By how many years did we accelerate sustainable energy? And what we’re going to talk about with batteries and a few other things will really explain how we’re going to make a step-change improvement in the acceleration of sustainable energy.”
Another thing worth rehashing is what Tesla’s contribution is so far. Elon Musk pointed this out at the Battery Day event as well.
“We’ve delivered over a million electric vehicles, 26 billion electric miles driven, and many gigawatt hours of stationary batteries, 17 terawatt-hours of solar-generated. So I think solar is sometimes underweighted at Tesla, but it is a massive part of our future. The three parts of a sustainable energy future are sustainable energy generation, storage, and electric vehicles. So we intend to play a significant role in all three. So to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy, we must produce more EVs that need to be affordable and a lot more energy storage, while building factories faster and with far less investment.”
The critical link between Elon’s three parts of a sustainable energy future is the battery. Energy generation, storage, and electric vehicles are all linked by the battery. And the core of that is in improving battery production and scaling it up much more quickly.
“Tesla is aiming to be the best at manufacturing of any company on Earth. This is the thing that’s actually most important in the long run I think, just from a company standpoint and from basically achieving sustainability as fast as possible. But I think also for long-term competitiveness. Eventually, every car company will have long-range electric cars. Eventually, every company will have autonomy, I think. But not every company will be a great at manufacturing. Tesla will be absolutely head and shoulders above anyone else in manufacturing — that is our goal.”
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Speed up vaccine rollout to LTC homes to prevent deaths, cases: advisory group says – 680 News
TORONTO — Refocusing Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout on long-term care residents would prevent 115 deaths and hundreds more cases by the end of March, according to modelling done by an expert team advising the government on the pandemic.
The brief published Thursday predicted that giving a first dose to all long-term care residents by Jan. 31 would save lives, and speeding up the rollout would be even more effective.
It concluded the January date would prevent 600 people from becoming infected, compared with the government’s current plan to vaccinate all long-term care residents by Feb. 15.
The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table made the forecasts by modelling best and worst outcomes from three vaccine rollout scenarios up to March 31.
It also looked at the potential impact of vaccinating all residents by Jan. 21, finding in a best-case scenario, hundreds of lives could potentially be saved.
The report said long-term care residents should be prioritized if supply issues arise.
“If vaccine supply is limited, the early provision of first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to (long-term care) home residents is likely to be more beneficial than the on-schedule provision of second doses to health care workers outside of LTC homes,” the report said.
Asked whether the province would adjust its rollout plan based on the findings, a spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott said the schedule depends on supply.
“We continue to vaccinate long-term care home residents as quickly as we receive vaccines from the federal government,” Alexandra Hilkene said in a statement.
Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
As of Thursday, 3,256 long-term care residents had died from COVID-19, and 13,647 had tested positive for the illness, according to government figures.
Thursday’s report noted the “disproportionately high rates” of COVID-19 infections and deaths among nursing home residents in Ontario.
Based on figures as of Jan. 17, long-term care residents accounted for more than 59 per cent of Ontario’s total deaths from COVID-19.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2021.<
Heavy snow hits parts of Nova Scotia Friday – CBC.ca
Parts of Nova Scotia were hit with wintry weather Friday during a system that dumped up to 25 centimetres of snow in some areas before tapering off in the evening.
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Lisa Croteau said the RCMP has responded to accidents in areas including Lower Sackville, Fall River and Windsor.
“Everybody needs to just take it slow,” she said. “When the roads can be covered in snow and ice, it can lead to collisions.
“So we’re asking people to just slow down, take their time, be patient. We just want everyone to make it home at the end of the day.”
Croteau said she did not know of any significant injuries that came as a result of any of the collisions.
Several Halifax Transit bus routes were on snow plans due to slippery road conditions. Updates are being posted to the Halifax Transit Twitter page.
Friday evening, a vehicle crash knocked out electricity for some Nova Scotia Power customers in Cole Harbour. At one point, more than 2,000 customers were in the dark in the Forest Hills area.
As of 10 p.m., most of the power was restored, according to the utility’s outage map.
A picture posted to Nova Scotia Power’s Twitter account showed a Halifax Transit bus on Merrimac Drive with a power pole on top of it.
Our crews are now on site making repairs. Stay safe on the roads, everyone. <a href=”https://t.co/FLK2reD3tn”>https://t.co/FLK2reD3tn</a> <a href=”https://t.co/UT8hdKCeq9″>pic.twitter.com/UT8hdKCeq9</a>
CBC meteorologist Jim Abraham said only some parts of Nova Scotia were affected by the system.
“As the sun goes down, it’s clear in Digby and clear in much of Cape Breton, but in between there’s this heavy band of snow that has plagued parts of southwestern and central Nova Scotia all day,” said Abraham.
However, Abraham said most of the snow was supposed to taper off by about 7 p.m.
“It should end early enough that we can tidy it up before we go to bed,” he said.
In a tweet, the city of Halifax said the winter parking ban will be enforced from 1-6 a.m. Saturday.
Crews continue to apply de-icing materials to streets and sidewalks across the municipality. Residents should exercise caution as winter conditions are present. An accumulation of ~5 cm is expected. Reminder the parking ban will be enforced from 1-6 a.m.: <a href=”https://t.co/HvjffJEi6y”>https://t.co/HvjffJEi6y</a> <a href=”https://t.co/jaP0a4OgB8″>pic.twitter.com/jaP0a4OgB8</a>
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