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Hitting the Books: How Tesla engineers solved the problem of exploding EV batteries

Between CEO Elon Musk’s often erratic antics, strident competition from existing industry titans, and a public that is still not fully sold on the idea of traveling via electrical charge, Tesla’s road to prominence has not been a smooth one.

Posted by david on Monday, Aug 23, 2021
Electric vehicles: recycled batteries and the search for a circular economy

Few people have had the sort of front-row seat to the rise of electric vehicles as JB Straubel. The softly spoken engineer is often considered the brains behind Tesla: it was Straubel who convinced Elon Musk, over lunch in 2003, that electric vehicles had a future. He then served as chief technology officer for 15 years, designing Tesla’s first batteries, managing construction of its network of charging stations and leading development of the Gigafactory in Nevada. When he departed in 2019, Musk’s biographer Ashlee Vance said Tesla had not only lost a founder, but “a piece of its soul”.

Posted by david on Tuesday, Aug 03, 2021
Automakers have battery anxiety, so they’re taking control of the supply

Battery joint ventures have become the hot must-have deal for automakers that have set ambitious targets to deliver millions of electric vehicles in the next few years.

Posted by david on Wednesday, Jul 28, 2021
Sila Nanotechnologies Wins Two 2021 Comparably Awards for Overall Leadership Excellence

Next-generation materials company Sila Nanotechnologies is ranked among the Top 50 Best Leadership Teams 2021: Small/Mid-Sized Companies by Comparably, placing them in the top 10% of similarly sized companies on the site. This designation marks the second award from Comparably in 2021, as Sila Nanotechnologies CEO, Gene Berdichevsky was ranked 17th in the Top 50 CEOS for Diversity 2021: Small/Mid-Sized Companies, putting him in the top 5% of all CEOs from June 23, 2020, to June 23, 2021.

Posted by david on Tuesday, Jul 27, 2021
Why Elon Musk Has Bet on Asian Battery Makers Over American Battery Startups

In 1980, John Goodenough, an American professor running the inorganic chemistry lab at Oxford University, discovered the lithium-cobalt-oxide cathode, a battery electrode whose unusual capacity to store energy vastly eclipsed anything invented before then.

Posted by david on Tuesday, Jul 20, 2021
The Tesla Mafia: Elon Musk’s Ex-Employees Vie To Become His Top Rival

Musk hasn’t simply revolutionized the electric vehicle market—he’s created his own billion-dollar rivals.

Posted by david on Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021
A Battery that Powers the Future

It’s hard to believe that before coming to Georgia Tech, Gleb Yushin had never worked with batteries. Nearly 15 years later, his materials research is enabling space travel, revolutionizing the automotive industry, and contributing to clean, sustainable energy systems.

Posted by david on Monday, Mar 01, 2021
The Battery Is Ready to Power the World

Gene Berdichevsky, the former battery systems architect for the Tesla Roadster and now founder and chief executive of Sila Nanotechnologies Inc., an Alameda, Calif.-based company working to improve battery technology, said lowering the cost of storage to $50 per kilowatt-hour could be worth half a trillion dollars. “There’s going to be an immense amount of scientific ingenuity applied to it,” he said.

Posted by david on Saturday, Feb 06, 2021
Shift to Electric Vehicles Spurs Bid to Make More Batteries in U.S.

Sila Nanotechnologies, a Silicon Valley startup, is among the latest to attract Wall Street backing as supply-chain investors see enthusiasm for electric vehicles

Posted by david on Thursday, Jan 28, 2021
Coatue and T. Rowe Price Funds Anchor $590M Investment in Sila Nanotechnologies

The next-generation battery pioneer will begin development of a new 100 GWh plant to serve automotive customers

Posted by david on Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021