Weekly Electromobility News

Tesla Superchargers Will Not Be Free for Model 3; Faraday Future Starts to Negotiate on Second Manufacturing Site; Battery Caused Fatal Explosion in a Battery Factory in China

Tesla Superchargers Will Not Be Free for Model 3

According to Wall Street Journal, Elon Musk said that Tesla would charge the owners of “its lower-cost vehicle” for using the Superchargers. This allows the company to decouple the charging cost from the vehicle cost.

Musk commented that the rate would be “very cheap” and there would be an option for purchase for accessing the charging network “free long distance for life”.

Faraday Future Starts to Negotiate on Second Manufacturing Site

According to Los Angeles Times, on May 31st, Faraday Future (through its FF LLC entity) got approved by the Vallejo City Council on an “exclusive negotiating agreement” with the purpose of purchasing “a 157-acre parcel of land on Mare Island”, near Silicon Valley. The land formerly was a naval shipyard.

This latest move follows the start of construction of the company’s 900-acre factory in Nevada less than 2 months ago.

Faraday Future was founded in 2014. It presented an electric concept supercar FFZero1 during 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.

Battery Caused Fatal Explosion in a Battery Factory in China

According to itdcw.com, in May 31th, battery manufacture Highstar in Jiangsu, China had an explosion accident. The explosion has killed 2 people and injured 18 more.

Investigation indicated that the explosion could be caused by a defect battery. The battery could have an internal short-circuit which led to thermal runaway. It propagated to nearby batteries and caused explosion.

Production has since been stopped on site.

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