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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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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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