A company called Romeo Power, with a roster including Tesla and Faraday Future veterans, promises big things from EV batteries. The startup says its products will outperform the competition, and its executive team could just have the brains and experience to back it up. Porter Harris, Romeo Power's cofounder and CTO, worked as chief battery architect for Faraday Future, and developed batteries and other systems for SpaceX. The company's VP of Electrical Engineering Arun Gunasekaran worked on batteries at Tesla. VP of Global Marketing Taryn Battram has had such brands as Tesla and GM as clients. The company is looking to build its products in either California, where the company is headquartered, or in the increasingly tech-friendly state of Nevada. Read more at Green Car Congress.
TopSpeed has rendered a Tesla minivan. Saying it's the missing niche from Elon Musk's recently updated business plan, the electric people-hauler fills an important role even as the format is being increasingly encroached upon by the crossover market. Such a vehicle might stretch the wheelbase of Tesla's current architecture to accommodate a larger third row and sliding doors, and the frunk would provide even more room for equipment when taking the kids to soccer practice. It wouldn't be as sleek, as the body would be shaped to maximize volume. A 60D entry level would offer practicality at a price point of about $45,000, and we likely wouldn't see high-performance versions. Check out the rendering and read more at TopSpeed.