Elon Musk announced that Tesla's Battery Day may be pushed back later into the year because attendance could be low due to the ongoing pandemic. He mused whether or not Tesla should separate the event into two parts. The first part could be a webcast set for next month, and the second could be an in-person event set to take place a few months later.
The question of when Battery Day should take place and how Tesla should proceed with the event received mixed insights from the community. Some voiced that they would be ok if Tesla moved the entire event a few months back altogether for a singular in-person event. Others agreed that Battery Day should be split into two events. Either way, though, it was clear that everyone in the community was excited for Tesla Battery Day.
Others argued that there would be little to no chance of Tesla Battery Day having low attendance. Indeed, there would be a lot of people willing and excited to attend the event. However, the state of the current global pandemic makes events such as Battery Day challenging to organize. So, Tesla’s webcast would be the best way for Battery Day to take place if the company and the community really want the event to happen asap.
We’re going to have to push out the date or attendance will be very low. Maybe do in two parts: webcast next month & in-person event a few months later?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 15, 2020
Some have speculated that Tesla could talk about the company’s move towards Terafactories during Battery Day, which could resolve the battery capacity restraint Elon Musk referred to during the Q4 2019 Earnings Call. ARK Invest forecasted that Terafactories could help Tesla resolve not only battery constraints but also limitations with management bandwidth and production bottlenecks caused by painting. ARK predicted that Terafactories could help Tesla scale up to one million units per year.
Besides the expansion of its Gigafactories, Tesla has also been working with esteemed battery researcher Jeff Dahn. The collaboration has given birth to a revolutionary battery, dubbed the million-mile battery. Tesla was expected to unveil its million-mile battery during Battery Day. Tesla’s million-mile battery would be a big game changer in the EV industry. It could open the door towards price parity between electric and ICE vehicles.
HyperChange and The Limiting Factor discussed the possibilities of improving the million-mile battery Tesla developed with Jeff Dahn’s research if it also used Maxwell’s Dry Battery Electrode technology. The ramifications of Jeff Dahn’s research combined with Maxwell’s tech could be even more astounding.
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