Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.
Tesla released its first vehicle in 2008, The Roadster.
Tesla designed the world’s first ever premium all-electric sedan from the ground up – Model S – which has become the best car in its class in every category.
In 2015, Tesla expanded its product line with Model X, the safest, quickest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history that holds 5-star safety ratings across every category from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In 2016, Tesla introduced Model 3, a low-priced, high-volume electric vehicle that began production in 2017.
Tesla also manufactures a unique set of energy solutions, Powerwall, Powerpack and Solar Roof, enabling homeowners, businesses, and utilities to manage renewable energy generation, storage, and consumption. Supporting Tesla’s automotive and energy products is Gigafactory 1 – a facility designed to significantly reduce battery cell costs. By bringing cell production in-house, Tesla manufactures batteries at the volumes required to meet production goals, while creating thousands of jobs.
And this is just the beginning. With Tesla building its most affordable car yet, Tesla continues to make products accessible and affordable to more and more people, ultimately accelerating the advent of clean transport and clean energy production. Electric cars, batteries, and renewable energy generation and storage already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful.
How is Tesla different from other carmakers?
1) It constantly tears up its assembly line.
Most automakers lay out their shop floor once to minimize costs and plan model lines that will remain unchanged for several years. Tesla’s production engineers are continually changing the layout of the factory to learn as much as possible.
2) Much smaller teams
Just three designers worked on the Model S, sitting with engineers in charge of the car. That contrasts to 10 to 12 designers who might work on each new model at a typical big car company.
3) Fast vehicle updates.
Customers are continuously connected to Tesla via their car’s 4G wireless connection and 17-inch touchscreen control panel, which sends usage data to the manufacturer in real time. Tesla will release fixes via overnight software download or make physical changes at a moment’s notice. when owners complained in 2013 that the back seats in the Tesla S were uncomfortable, "Tesla service workers changed every owner’s seats in a matter of weeks, midyear."
TESLA SOLAR ROOF
Tesla’s Approach to Recycling is the Way of the Future for Sustainable Production
At the recent Q1 2018 Tesla financial report Jeffrey Straubel was asked the following question:
What program does Tesla offer of support to recycle the soon-to-be millions of spent cells?
In short, he said, Tesla will absolutely recycle all of its spent cells, modules and battery packs. These are valuable materials and we will not let them go to waste. Ultimately what we want is a closed loop right at the Gigafactory, that reuses the same recycled materials.
In the following Gigafactory Process Flow diagram, you can see when a vehicle reaches the end of its life, the raw materials are then processed and recycling into the making of new cars.
The key stats for Tesla battery recycling are:
60% of Tesla’s batteries get recycled
10% get reused (battery case and some electrical components)
All the fluff goes to landfill due to excessive costs in recycling it
There is a giant slab of batteries in every Tesla that weigh approximately 1000 pounds (454 kg’s) it is far easier to apply recycling processes to it. Whereas traditional consumer product batteries such as those found in mobile phones and laptops often end up in landfill due to complex and expensive sorting facilities.
Tesla Battery Swapping Stations?
In the future it may be possible to simply drive (or let the car do that too) to your local Tesla service centre and in a matter of minutes your entire battery tray is replaced with brand new batteries, with Tesla putting the old batteries through their recycling program. Tesla even patented the idea in 2017. The point is, Tesla will make it so convenient for the batteries to be recycled and they will cut their costs and decrease waste in doing so.
There are 7200 18650 batteries in the Model S vehicle.
Where does the electricity to power electric vehicles come from?
What are other companies doing?
As of 2018, 100 percent of Apple’s facilities worldwide run on renewable energy rather than coal. Apple also eliminated harmful toxins, including brominated flame retardants (BFRs), lead, PVCs and mercury, from their products.
Google is not powering all of its energy consumption with renewable energy.For every kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed, it buys a kilowatt-hour from a wind or solar farm built specifically for Google.
The company recycles 100% of the electronic equipment used in its data centres.
Amazon has a long-term goal to power its global infrastructure using 100% renewable energy. Amazon has set a goal for themselves to reach 50% of all Amazon shipments with net zero carbon by 2030. And to track their progress, they are sharing Amazon’s company-wide carbon footprint.