Recharge Wrap-up: Gigafactory update, organic cafe on wheels
EV sales strong in China, Scandinavia; Musk hires Apple metal man for Tesla, SpaceX
Journalists at the Reno Gazette-Journal took a tour of Tesla's Gigafactory in Nevada. While they were only allowed to film from specific locations, the RGJ shared video of the facility, which is 14-percent complete. The Gigafactory is scheduled to be finished in 2020. Cells are currently being shipped from Tesla's Fremont facility to be fitted inside Powerwalls and Powerpacks at the Gigafactory. See the video and read more from the RGJ.
Elon Musk has hired Apple's alloy expert Charles Kuehmann as Vice President of Materials Engineering at both Tesla and SpaceX. Tesla and SpaceX have been known to share innovations and, at times, personnel. As such, Musk's goal of reducing material costs of rockets could also help to make complex vehicles more affordable. Read more from Electrek.
Electric vehicle production and sales are expected to double in China in 2016. In 2015, China sold some 300,000 EVs and, according to the head of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Miao Wei, it will sell over 600,000 this year. Miao also suggested that China accelerate the growth of its EV charging infrastructure. Read more at Clean Technica.
The Nordic countries have sold their 100,000th electric vehicle. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland reached the milestone some time last year. In 2015 alone, the countries put 47,910 plug-in cars on their roads. The popularity of EVs is no doubt due in part to generous incentives like the ones that makes Norway home to the most EVs per capita. Denmark saw a late surge in sales as incentives expired on January 1, 2016. Read more at Hybrid Cars.
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