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Electric car Tesla has announced plans for a new factory to produce lithium

It says the new facility will up to $5 billion (around £3bn / and allow Tesla to produce up to electric cars annually.

A for the new plant has not been finalised but US states including Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico are in the running. thought the factory will the full-scale product of lithium from raw materials rather operating as a mere assembly for modular parts.

The factory is likely a response to two battery-related problems facing car manufacturers, cost and supply. says limited battery has constrained sales of the Model S sports saloon .


Of course, not just Tesla that’s with battery pricing all electric cars currently by major motor manufacturers at a significant price premium to combustion models.

Reducing costs

Production at the facility is planned from Tesla says it expects production to reduce its battery by 30 per cent with further thereafter. When it reaches production in 2020, Tesla the ‘gigafactory’ will manufacture lithium-ion batteries than are produced today for all uses.

The for the factory is timed to coincide Tesla’s plans for a more model costing approximately (around £25,000) and offering a of 200 miles. That’s roughly the price as BMW’s all-electric i3, a with a pure-electric range of 125 miles.

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outspoken Chief Executive, Musk, has said the facility be at least partially powered by energy sources including and wind power. With facility, we feel highly of being able to create a and affordable electric car in approximately years, Musk said.

Exciting stuff, though it has to be it’s unusual to announce a major project with so few finalised. There’s no firm and Tesla hasn’t finalised the required to fund over 50% of the of the project.

Then again, in the style of the disruptive upstart, has so far proven more agile and think than traditional car when it comes to electric If Tesla can pull off its plans for the it will likely have a on the price of EVs everywhere. The rest of the will be forced to play up.

All of which means affordable Evs by the end of the suddenly look much likely.

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