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Remember when US taxpayers (You and me) jump started Elon Musks business adventures to the tune of 4.9 billion Dollars?
Elon Musk's growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies - Los Angeles Times

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2013/05/tesla_is_worse_than_solyndra_how_the_u_s_government_bungled_its_investment.htm

Tesla recently announced plans to build a plant in China to achieve a weekly production of 3,000 Model 3 cars a week in China. This should be up and running in 2 years. I can't help but think that money could have been put to better use.

SAN FRANCISCO - US top electric carmaker Tesla Inc said Friday it is planning to produce 3,000 Model 3 sedans per week in China in the near future.

In a regulatory filing released Friday, Tesla said it is going to invest up to $6 billion on factories and equipment over the next two years, while it is also developing plans to start producing approximately 3,000 Model 3 vehicles per week in Shanghai, China.

The Palo Alto, California-based electric car giant said China is the largest market for electric vehicles in the world and its local market in there is at the initial phase of Gigafactory 3, which will have increased levels of localization through local sourcing and manufacturing.

Tesla's Gigafactory 1 is a plant near Clark, Nevada state, which produces batteries and parts of the Model 3 drive train, while Gigafactory 2 is its solar power plant in Buffalo, New York.

Tesla admitted there is no timeframce for Gigafactory 3 in China due to a number of uncertainties, including regulatory approval, supply chain constraints, and the pace of bringing the factory online.

However, Tesla said it is trying to accelerate its manufacturing timeline in China to significantly increase the affordability of Model 3 for customers in the world's most populous country.

"Local manufacturing may be critical to our expansion and sales in China," said the US e-vehicle maker.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk signed a $2 billion agreement with China's Shanghai government in July this year to build a new auto plant in Shanghai, the financial and economic hub in eastern China. It is the company's first factory outside the United States, which was believed to be able to double the size of the electric car maker's global manufacturing.

Tesla planned to produce the first cars about two years after construction began in the Shanghai plant, which will be ramped up to an annual output of 500,000 vehicles in about two to three years.

As the largest market for electric cars, China has been pushing for achieving a goal of 100 percent electric vehicles by 2030 as set in government documents.


More than 28 million vehicles were sold in China in 2017, and the figure could top 35 million annually by 2025.
From here:
Tesla plans to achieve weekly production of Model 3 cars by 3,000 in China - Chinadaily.com.cn
 

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Its the way of the future would like to see there semi

 

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Tesla's plans may backfire - car sales are falling off big time in China. No mention in the article that one of the reasons for Musk's plan is circumvent China's 40% tariff on cars imported from the US.
 

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Last I heard; China already has e-car manufacturers who can make them much cheaper than Tesla and without a tariff charge.

Musk is no dummy though so maybe he knows something we don't.

A big bottleneck for e-cars and bikes is the materials to make the batteries.
 

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There’s a buttload of them at Home Depot.
Do they stock the electric vehicle batteries at Home Depot now?

NiCd, nickel–metal hydride, lithium-ion, Li-ion polymer,

I have heard a few companies are making replacement battery packs for hybrids like the Prius at a drastically reduced price but you have swap out the cells or have a mechanic do it. It's not complicated but the bat pack is heavy.
 

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Tesla's plans may backfire - car sales are falling off big time in China. No mention in the article that one of the reasons for Musk's plan is circumvent China's 40% tariff on cars imported from the US.
One city where I bet e-cars really take off is Beijing. The pollution there from all the cars and factories makes the air terrible. Like smoking two packs of cigs a day.

I wouldn't be surprised if they make e-cars mandatory in Beijing city limits within 10 years.

Yes, pollution will still be made to make the cars, but it won't be in the Beijing city limits. I'm sure they will see to it.

I admire the Chinese and their ability to think long-term. Don't care for their politics although I can sometimes understand why they do certain things our government could not get away with. Long term cohesion is critical to the Chinese way of life. They have freedom but not our version of freedom. Their country is far older and they are still one country. I wonder when ours will divide or implode at the rate of hate building here.
 

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Last I heard; China already has e-car manufacturers who can make them much cheaper than Tesla and without a tariff charge.

Musk is no dummy though so maybe he knows something we don't.

A big bottleneck for e-cars and bikes is the materials to make the batteries.
Yes i went to china a few months ago and that country has soooooo many electric cars & scooters, unbeliveble, on YouTube there are some SUV Chinese made cars that look so awsome ....

Musk is a putz .... He stole the TESLA company from 2 hardworking man .... Go figure

Andre using TaPaTaLk
 
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Do they stock the electric vehicle batteries at Home Depot now?

NiCd, nickel–metal hydride, lithium-ion, Li-ion polymer,

I have heard a few companies are making replacement battery packs for hybrids like the Prius at a drastically reduced price but you have swap out the cells or have a mechanic do it. It's not complicated but the bat pack is heavy.
HD has All sizes. They have D, C AA, AAA, 9 volts and the little coin ones too.
 

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HD has All sizes. They have D, C AA, AAA, 9 volts and the little coin ones too.
Ahh, I think I see where we are having a miscommunication. I bet you're thinking of one of these AA powered Mercedes.

 
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