Tesla intends to produce at least 1,000 Model 3s a week from the Shanghai factory by the end of this year, as it tries to boost sales in the world's biggest auto market and avoid higher import tariffs imposed on US cars.
Japan's biggest automaker has been developing fuel-cell vehicles for more than two decades, but the technology has been eclipsed by the rapid rise of rival battery-powered electric vehicles promoted by the likes of Tesla Inc.
The California-based company is set to install 520 Powerwalls at 260 Econet sites, the first 65 of which will be set up in the coming months.
Their chat, which was live streamed, was part of the opening events for the annual World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai.
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The Tesla Model 3 is an all-electric four-door sedan with a 50-kWh battery and can go up to 350 km on a single charge
In the quarter, Tesla delivered 77,550 Model 3s - seen as a linchpin for its growth into a mass-market company
In February, Musk briefly changed his display name to 'Elon Tusk' and added an elephant tag to his account.
The US Trade Representative's Office denied both requests in May 29 letters, saying they both concern 'a product strategically important or related to 'Made in China 2025' or other Chinese industrial programs.'
Tesla’s stock rose 3.6% to $225 in extended trading, and Musk also said the company was on track to hit its volume production goal by the end of this year.
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While it is yet unknown what could have led to the unusual hiring, it is believed that a viral tweet about a sheep was instrumental in his new job.
"I truly believe that it's not just one partner who can contribute to the electric car dream in India. There are multiple agencies who will be involved in this," said Venkatesh Natarajan of Ashok Leyland
In a statement, Tesla said the software update will revise charge and thermal management settings on the company's Model S and Model X vehicles.
The electric car burst into flames 30 minutes after being parked in the city's San Po Kong district on May 12.
The company said in the filing that it would seek to raise $650 million in new shares and $1.35 billion in debt, with underwriters having the option to buy an additional 15 percent of each offering, potentially raising the proceeds to $2.3 billion.
The agreement lifts a cloud that has hung over Musk as Tesla tries to ramp up production of its most important vehicle, the Model 3 sedan, and make a profit at the same time.
The SEC in February sought to have Musk found in contempt of a fraud settlement last year after the CEO tweeted details about Tesla production numbers that were not vetted by the electric vehicle company's attorneys.
Panasonic, currently the exclusive battery cell supplier for Tesla, produces cells for the EV maker at their joint plant in the U.S. state of Nevada - the so-called Gigafactory - as well as at two plants in Japan.
Tesla plans to resolve logistics issues with global vehicle deliveries after weathering a challenging few months, also marked by staff layoffs and a public spat between Musk and U.S. financial regulators.
Tesla announced that it would have over a million robotaxis—self-driving cars—on the road by next year
The video was widely shared on China's Twitter-like Weibo, with the hashtag "Tesla self-ignites" becoming one of the most-read topics on the platform, being viewed over five million times.
Separately, Panasonic said it was watching the demand situation in the electric car market before making any further investments in expanding the capacity of the Nevada plant.
The Norwegian government exempted electric engines from the taxes.