Giga Texas ramps up; now manufacturing Model Y Long Range


Tesla has reportedly ramped up production at Gigafactory Texas to thousands of units per week, with the addition of the Model Y Long Range on top of the Standard Range version.

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk noted during an interview with Tesla Owners of Silicon Valley that the company’s new factories, including Gigafactory Texas, are “money furnaces”.

Gigafactory Texas is one of Tesla’s most important projects, as it invested billions of dollars in the factory, and it will not break even until the plant reaches production volume.

According to a recent report from Electrek, Giga Texas is now capable of producing at least 2,000 vehicles per week since the Model Y Long Range was offered to customers.

Other sources indicated that Tesla was already making as many as 5,000 cars per week.

In either case, reaching a run-rate of 2,000 to 5,000 vehicles per week is impressive, considering that the facility was just opened last April.

Twitter user @JoeTegtmeyer shared images of the model Y production ramp up as the second quarter came to a close.

He also shared aerial videos of the factory on YouTube, showing hundreds of cars leaving the factory every day. In this flyover by Joe Tegtmeyer, Tesla prepares 300 Model Ys for delivery.

The new Polydrops camper appears to match the Cybertruck aesthetic perfectly

Tesla has unveiled a solar, range extending trailer that it doesn’t plan to produce any time soon. With good reason.

Here’s my take on this concept.

Solar panels are not enough. It might be cloudy when you want to travel. Instead of solar panels, how about an additional battery? You could store a couple of hundred miles of range in the trailer and have storage to boot (or a bed).

In Tesla’s concept of the solar panels need to be extended on the front, back, and sides of the trailer in order to have enough surface area to harvest energy. You can’t do that while you’re driving down the road.

If you truly want to use solar energy for travel, you need to plan to stop in a sunny area during peak sunlight in order to extend the panels and soak up solar energy when the sun is high in the sky. This strategy will slow you down if you’re traveling.

A better solution is a trailer with some luggage space and, say, 300 miles of battery capacity. The trailer shouldn’t be so boxy with sharp corners. It should be aerodynamic to decrease air resistance and increase range. The solar panels might be worthwhile at a campsite if there’s no place to plug in, but the money you’d save on electricity a few days a year wouldn’t be enough to justify the cost of the solar panels. Panels give a good return on investment only when they’re soaking up rays every time the sun is shining.

Finally, the trailer should be available for rental. People shouldn’t have to buy an expensive gizmo that they’ll use only a few times a year.

On the other hand, folks who want to buy the trailer should be able to attach the trailer to their home in such a way that the trailer would serve as an emergency generator during power outages, essentially a PowerWall on wheels.

And the trailer should also be able to connect with the Tesla virtual distributed power plant concept so that both Tesla and the owner of the trailer can earn some money during times of peak power demand. That would also help the environment because the power company wouldn’t need to use natural gas or worse to generate electricity during the peak demand times.

Unfortunately, Teslas that has been produced already don’t have trailer hitches with high power electric connectors to accommodate a range extending trailer. Unless such a trailer hitch can be retrofitted at a reasonable price, there’s not going to be much of a market for range extending trailers.

The new Polydrops camper appears to match the Cybertruck aesthetic perfectly

Henry Farkas is a retired country doctor. He bought his Tesla Model 3 in the middle of the pandemic.

Our new software update page

Today we relaunched one of our favorite features; the software update pages!

We get just as excited as you do when receiving an update for our Tesla. Tesla somehow makes a five year old car seems new again. It really never gets old.

We’ve made a significant amount of improvements to our software update pages to make them even better.

Here are some of the changes you’ll find on the new pages.

• You’ll be able to see whether a feature is available in your region

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• We’ll now more accurately display which models a feature applies to

• You can now continue scrolling to view previous updates

• We’re even reducing the number of ads (yay!)

• There’s a brand new design that’s cleaner and less cluttered

We launched Not A Tesla App two years ago to focus on Tesla software and its amazing features, but it’s grown to be even more than that and some of our features in the future will take this even further.

Hard to believe this was our site two years ago

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