Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla seat stain test, Gigafactory 'Golden Ticket'
Faraday Future's Formula E announcement; BYD and EDF to build energy storage.
A handful of Tesla Model 3 reservation holders have won "Golden Tickets" for the grand opening of the Gigafactory. People who ordered a Model 3 on day one were quietly placed into a drawing to attend the event, and the winners were notified via email. They and their guests will be flown to Nevada on an all-expenses-paid trip for the first-phase grand opening of the new facility on July 29. Read more at Electrek.
Faraday Future will make an announcement likely regarding Formula E tomorrow, July 1, 2016. The company issued a short statement saying, "We aim to move in cleaner & more intelligent ways, no matter the road. Discover our latest undertaking during this Friday's online broadcast." It also posted an image on its Instragram account depicting the Battersea Park circuit where the London ePrix takes place. Could the startup be fielding a team in the electric racing championship? Read more at Electrek.
BYD and EDF are partnering to develop stationary energy storage. The Chinese automaker/battery manufacturer and French energy company will cooperate on storage programs for solar and other renewable energy projects. EDF's American branch has already taken part in a grid-scale storage project using BYD batteries in Illinois. In the future, the two companies and their subsidiaries will cooperate in markets where they operate around the globe. Read more at Automotive World.
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