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New breakthroughs at Tesla could halve EV costs



Tesla, led by Elon Musk, is on the verge of a groundbreaking technological advancement that could revolutionise the way electric vehicles (EVs) are manufactured. 

The company has combined several innovations in a bid to significantly reduce production costs, aligning with Musk’s goal of halving the expenses associated with EV manufacturing, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

One of Tesla’s key innovations is the use of massive presses, exerting 6,000 to 9,000 tons of clamping pressure, to mould the front and rear structures of its Model Y through a process known as “gigacasting.”

This approach has already proven successful in reducing production costs, putting competitors in catch-up mode.

Now, Tesla is closing in on another breakthrough: the ability to die-cast nearly the entire complex underbody of an EV in a single piece, rather than relying on around 400 individual parts, as is the norm in conventional cars.

This innovation is at the core of Tesla’s “unboxed” manufacturing strategy, part of Musk’s ambitious plan to produce tens of millions of more affordable EVs in the next decade while maintaining profitability.

Tesla’s unboxed model involves creating large sub-assemblies of a car simultaneously and assembling them later.

However, specifics about the size and composition of these modular blocks remain subject to speculation.

Game Changer

Experts in the automotive industry view this development as a game-changer.

Terry Woychowski, President of U.S. engineering firm Caresoft Global and a former executive at General Motors (GM), noted that gigacasting the underbody of an EV has significant implications for the industry but also acknowledged the substantial challenges involved in such a feat.

Sources suggest that Tesla’s new design and manufacturing techniques could allow the company to develop a car from scratch within 18 to 24 months, a timeline significantly shorter than what most rivals currently require, which typically ranges from three to four years.

This innovation could potentially be applied to Tesla’s upcoming small EV, slated for a launch with a $25,000 price tag by the middle of the decade.

Tesla is expected to make a decision on whether to proceed with die-casting the platform as a single piece, possibly as soon as this month, though adjustments may occur during the design validation process.

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally



Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely



Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model



With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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