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Tesla’s Secret Batteries Said to Aim to Rework the Math for Electric Cars and the Grid

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Tesla's Secret Batteries Said to Aim to Rework the Math for Electric Cars and the Grid

Tesla’s Secret Batteries Said to Aim to Rework the Math for Electric Cars and the Grid

Electric car maker Tesla plans to introduce a brand new low-cost, long-life battery in its Model 3 sedan in China later this year or early next year. the company expects that it will bring the cost of electric vehicles in line with gasoline models, and permit EV batteries to have second and third lives in the electric power grid.

For months, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has been teasing investors, and rivals, with promises to reveal significant advances in battery technology during a “Battery Day” in late May.

New, low-cost batteries designed to last for 1,000,000 miles of use and enable electric Teslas to sell profitably for a similar price or less than a gasoline vehicle are just part of Musk’s agenda, people familiar with the plans told Reuters.

With a worldwide fleet of over 1 million electric vehicles that are capable of connecting to and sharing power with the grid, Tesla’s goal is to attain the status of a power company, competing with such traditional energy providers as Pacific Gas & Electric and Tokyo electric power, those sources said.

The new “Million-Mile” battery in the middle of Tesla’s strategy was jointly developed with China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) and deploys technology developed by Tesla together with a team of academic battery experts recruited by Musk, three people familiar with the hassle said.

Eventually, improved versions of the battery, with greater energy density and storage capacity and even lower cost, are going to be introduced in additional Tesla vehicles in other markets, including North America, the sources said.

Tesla’s decision to launch the new battery first in China and it’s a broader strategy to reposition the company has not previously been reported. Tesla declined to comment.

Tesla’s new batteries will consider innovations like low-cobalt and cobalt-free battery chemistries, and the use of chemical additives, materials, and coatings that will reduce internal stress and enable batteries to store more energy for longer periods, sources said.

Tesla also plans to implement new high-speed, heavily automated battery manufacturing processes designed to reduce labor costs and increase production in massive “Terafactories” about 30 times the size of the company’s sprawling Nevada “Gigafactory” — a technique telegraphed in late April to analysts by Musk.

Tesla is working on recycling and recovery of such expensive metals as nickel, cobalt, and lithium, through its Redwood Materials affiliate, also as new “second life” applications of electric vehicle batteries in grid storage systems, like the one Tesla in-built south Australia in 2017. The automaker also has said it wants to supply electricity to consumers and businesses but has not provided details.

Reuters reported exclusively in February that Tesla was in advanced talks to use CATL’s lithium iron phosphate batteries, which use no cobalt, the most expensive metal in EV batteries.

CATL also has developed a less complicated and less expensive way of packaging battery cells, called cell-to-pack, that eliminates the middle step of bundling cells. Tesla is predicted to use technology to help reduce battery weight and price.

The sources said CATL also plans to provide Tesla in China next year with an improved long-life nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) battery whose cathode is 50 percent nickel and only 20 percent cobalt.

Tesla now jointly produces nickel-cobalt-aluminum (NCA) batteries with Panasonic at a “Gigafactory” in Nevada and buys NMC batteries from LG Chem in China. Panasonic declined to comment.

Taken together, the advances in battery technology, the strategy of expanding the ways in which EV batteries will be used and the manufacturing automation on a huge scale all aim at the same target: Reworking the financial math that thus far has made buying an electric car costlier for most consumers than sticking with carbon-emitting internal combustion vehicles.

“We’ve ought to really ensure we get a very steep ramp in battery production and continue to improve the cost per kilowatt-hour of the batteries — this is very fundamental and very difficult,” Musk told investors in January. “We’ve got to scale battery production to crazy levels that individuals cannot even fathom today.”

Tesla has reported operating profits for three quarters in a row, driving a near-doubling of its share price this year. Still, Musk’s ambitious expansion plans depend upon increasing both profit margins and sales volume.

A number of the technical advances made by Tesla and CATL in battery chemistry and design originated at a small research laboratory at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The lab has been run since 1996 by Jeff Dahn, a pioneer in the development of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and grid storage.

Dahn and his team began an exclusive five-year research partnership with Tesla in mid-2016, but the relationship dates back at least to 2012.

Among the critical contributions from Dahn’s lab: Chemical additives and nano-engineered materials to built lithium-ion batteries tougher and more resistant to bruising from stress like rapid charging, thus extending their life.

The cost of CATL’s cobalt-free lithium iron phosphate battery packs has fallen below $80 (Around Rs. 6,000) per kilowatt-hour, with the price of the battery cells dropping below $60/kWh, the sources said. CATL’s low-cobalt NMC battery packs are near to $100/kWh (roughly Rs. 7,550).

Auto industry executives have said $100/kWh (roughly Rs. 7,550) for battery packs is the level at which electric vehicles reach rough parity with combustion competitors.

Battery expert Shirley Meng, a professor at the University of California San Diego, said NMC cells could cost as little as $80/kWh (roughly Rs. 6,000) once recycling and recovery of key materials like cobalt and nickel is factored in. Iron phosphate batteries, which are safer than NMC, could find a second life in stationary grid storage systems, reducing the upfront cost of these batteries for electric vehicle buyers.

In comparison, the new low-cobalt batteries being jointly developed by General Motors and LG Chem are not expected to succeed in those cost levels until 2025, according to a source conversant in the companies’ work.

GM declined to discuss its cost targets. Earlier this year, it said only that it planned to “drive battery cell costs below $100/kWh” without specifying a timetable.

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Free Fire x Money Heist, Garena Free Fire Partnership with Netflix

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With PUBG Mobile gone from the Indian market, players are now searching for similar battle royale games for their mobile devices. As a result, Call of Duty Mobile and Garena’s Free Fire, two PUBG Mobile-like games for mobile devices have seen an enormous surge in downloads. While COD has remained more or less identical in terms of content, Garena has been working, specifically for the Indian market, to boost their game and add exciting new content. Now, the publishers have collaborated with the digital streaming giant, Netflix to bring Money Heist’s “Professor” and his crew to the game.

Garena, the Singapore-based publisher recently added plenty of latest content to its mobile game, Free Fire with the introduction of the “Free Fire x Money Heist” event. This event has been live in the game from September 13 and will continue through September 22, with a huge in-game heist happening on “Peak Day”, i.e., September 20.



“Maxim was detained by the police during the heist, and is now relying on his partners to get him out.”, reads the official announcement of the event. “Free Fire players all around the world have been tasked by The Professor to retrieve and secure Maxim while retrieving the stolen money.”

“Peak Day” and New Mode

On the “Peak Day” of the event, players will be able to log in to their account and instantly get a complimentary permanent “AN94 – Plan Bermuda gun skin”, alongside special tokens which may be later encashed for “pet Panda and the Panda Heist skin”.

The developers will also add the long-awaited “Money Heist” game mode to the game under this event. This special crossover mode will bring 2 teams of 4 players each head-to-head to print a particular amount of cash in the stipulated time. They can print the money by securing money printers within the map. The mode will go live on “Peak Day”, that is, September 20, and will remain in the game until September 22.

Mini Web Series and Fun Fan Events in Countries

Apart from the in-game content, the publishers also released two new short clips on YouTube – “Plan Bermuda is Underway” and “Plan Bermuda Chapter 2“, showing how the “Professor” from Money Heist recruited the Garena characters from the game for the biggest heist. These two videos are a part of a mini web series of which the third and the final episode released yesterday.



Apart from these fun events and items, the publisher also released a Hindi live-action comedy mini-movie on YouTube made specifically for India. The publishers also collaborated with local street artists from Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico to cover walls and buildings with “Free Fire x Money Heist”-themed artwork. Moreover, the publishers also flew an enormous “PProfessorda” blimp across the sky of Mexico City.

Free Fire X Money Heist
So, if you’re a follower of the “Professor” and is searching for something new after PUBG’s goodbye, then you can surely start playing Garena’s “Free Fire” during this exclusive and special event. Who knows, maybe this can be your replacement for PUBG Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3 Specifications Leaked : Check Details

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There are only a couple of companies that sell Android tablets in 2020. The notable two brands are Samsung and Huawei. The South Korean tech giant had only recently launched Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ as its flagship tablet devices. Now, it seems the corporate will soon release Galaxy Tab Active 3 whose entire specs are now leaked.



The upcoming Galaxy Tab Active 3 will be the successor to Galaxy Tab Active 2 from late 2017. Samsung’s Active series of tablets are targeted at industries, hence the long interval of 3 years between the launch of every new model. For those unaware, the primary one in the series was unveiled back in December 2014.

That said, the 2020 model was first spotted on Geekbench with model number SM-T575 in July powered by Exynos 9810 paired with 4GB RAM and Android 10 operating system. Just in case you’re wondering, this chipset made its debut inside Galaxy S9 in 2018.



Now, an exclusive leak by SamMobile reveals the other remaining specs of this forthcoming Galaxy Tab Active 3. As per the publication, it’ll be MIL-STD 810 certified for durability and can be available in 64GB and 128GB storage configurations. Customers will also have a choice to get it with LTE connectivity.

Further, on the front, the tablet will sport an 8-inch TFT LCD panel with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and three physical buttons below it for navigation as per the SafetyKorea certification bureau. It might come with Bluetooth 5.0 and can also support S Pen with remote control option.

Last but not least, it’ll be backed by a 5,050mAh battery and its launch date is not known at this point. Anyway, since its a niche product, we expect Samsung to announce it via press release within the coming days just like the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition.

Source:- SamMobile

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Apple Online Store in India: 7 Advantages to Consumers

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Did you know Apple has had a presence in India for over 20 years? after all that time, the corporate is finally launching its online store in India on September 23. However, thus far we’ve been purchasing Apple devices through e-commerce websites and authorized resellers in brick and mortar stores. So why does it matter that Apple will soon have an authorized retail presence within the country? Well, let’s take a glance at the benefits offered by an authorized Apple online store as compared to an e-commerce website, or an offline reseller.

1. User Experience and Interface

If Apple’s online store for the US is any indication, the online store in India will offer an extremely nice interface and experience. You don’t need to look for products nearly as much as you’d on, say, Amazon. Simply head over to the merchandise category you’re searching for, and begin configuring your device per your needs. Personally, that sounds great to me.

Speaking of not having to look for products, one of the most important issues with buying Apple devices (or the other devices, actually) online is the proven fact that there are just way too many listings for the same device from different sellers, repeatedly at different prices. Plus, there are nearly always some fake listings, or knockoff products listed to make them look real.

2. Fully Configure Your Device



 

This is very important to me, and I suppose plenty of shoppers. While Apple has offered configuration options within the US and other countries where it’s its retail presence for years, India has been left behind.

Apple Online Store in India

This is an especially big issue if you’re buying a MacBook or an iMac. You can only buy pre-configured models of these devices in India. This suggests even if Apple probably sells a configuration more suited to your needs, chances are you wouldn’t find it in India.

However, with the Apple online store, the corporate is bringing configuration options to India also. So the next time you purchase a brand new Mac, you’ll be able to configure it along with your preferred amount of RAM and storage.

3. Customise Your Device with Engraving



Apple Online Store in India

Apple also will offer to engrave in India now. So, you’ll be able to get text or emoji engravings on your AirPods, iPad, or Apple Pencil. In fact, on AirPods, you might get text engravings in English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu.

4. Better Trade-in Value

Also offered on the official Apple Store are trade-ins for eligible products. This isn’t something new, exactly. As such, you could get exchange offers on Amazon and Flipkart. However, with Apple’s trade-in, you always get a far better deal if you’re exchanging an Apple product for a brand new Apple product.

For example, I checked on the US Apple Store what my MacBook Pro would fetch me in trade-in for a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Turns out, $410. That’s quite a lot. In India, on Amazon, I’m getting ₹16,000 for it. Now i know, the conversion makes a difference, after all, we can’t make certain what trade-in Apple will offer on its Indian online store, but chances are it will be good. Or at the very least, you may have more options to seem at. Either way, it’s a win-win for us.

(Note: Once the Apple Store launches in India, I will check on this and update the article.)



5. Get Student Discounts Easily

Buying an Apple device as a student entitles you to a student discount. In most cases in India, you could only avail of this at a physical retail store. However, with Apple’s online store, you may be able to apply for a student discount and acquire your preferred Apple devices at a discounted rate.

This applies to current students, their parents, lecturers, and staff. So the likelihood is that you’ll be able to get a pleasant discount anyway.

6. Extend Your Warranty with AppleCare+

I’m sure you’re all aware of Apple Care. It’s the warranty that comes with your Apple device. However, it doesn’t cover things like accidental damage and believe me, you may need it at some point in your device’s life. Fortunately, Apple provides Apple Care+ for an extra price which covers accidental damage and extends your warranty to 3 years (two years in India).

Up so far, you couldn’t get Apple Care+ in India. However, you’ll now directly buy Apple Care+ when you shop for your next Apple device from the official online store.

It’s optional, obviously, but it’s usually recommended to urge it so you don’t end up paying way too much money for an accidental crack on your screen or something of that kind.

7. More Trustworthy than Online Sellers



Remember how I acknowledged that plenty of times listings on online websites are of fake products, and sometimes from fraudulent sellers? Heck, you need to remember all those stories about people buying iPhones or other devices and getting bricks and bars of soaps in their packages, right?

With the official Apple store, you wouldn’t get to worry about that. After all, you’re buying directly from the brand that makes the product, and it doesn’t depend upon third-party resellers to sell the product to you anymore. This means you’ll be able to shop online with more confidence, which is great.

Apple’s Official Online Store will Make Buying Apple Products Easier and Safer

While Apple’s online store is currently not live in India, these are the advantages that Apple itself claims it’ll offer in the country, plus, some of these opinions are based on how the US online store works. Obviously, once the online store officially launches on September 23, I will be taking an honest check out how it works and all the options it offers and updating this data accordingly, so make sure you check back for more details.

That said, it’s certain that an authorized online store will certainly make it easier to buy for Apple products in India. As customers, we’ll get more choices, more configuration options, and in fact, customization options also, with engraving choices and gift wrapping.

So, are you excited about Apple’s official entry into the retail space in India? allow us to know within the comments.

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