Tesla is using cells produced at its Gigafactory to double the capacity of the Powerpack. Powerpack 2.0, as the second generation of the commercial stationary energy storage system is called, will use new "2170" cells developed with Panasonic to provide around 200 kWh of capacity in a unit about the same size. The updated Powerpack will also use Tesla's own inverter instead of the first generation's inverter supplied by Dynapower. Tesla is expected to unveil the new Powerpack alongside its solar roof on October 28. Read more at Electrek.

Tesla is abandoning two paint colors, and raising the price of the Model S jump seats. The Model S and Model X are no longer offered with Solid White or Titanium Metallic exterior paint, and Tesla has not added new color options to its online Design Studio configurator. That leaves Solid Black as its sole no-additional-cost paint color. Additionally, Tesla has raised the price of the rear-facing jump seats in the Model S – allowing it to seat seven passengers if two are children – from $3,000 to $4,000. Tesla hasn't offered a reason for the price increase. Read more at Teslarati.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $30 million in new funding for fuel cell and hydrogen technology. Applicants for funding will collaborate with national laboratory consortia to advance catalyst and water-splitting technologies, as well as tackle challenges in developing solid-state materials for onboard hydrogen storage. The DOE says that projects it has funded have already helped to cut in half the cost of transport fuel cells since 2007 by improving durability and reducing the need for platinum. Read more from the DOE.

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