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Tesla uses electromagnetically shielded aluminum cable to connect its battery packs to its electric motors. A recent substantial supply order for the material could be yet another indication that the automaker is definitely on track with the Model 3.
Update: As asked of us, the name of the Austrian company has been removed from the story
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An Austrian supplier has reported that it is filling an order from Tesla for 1,864 miles (3,000 km) of aluminum cabling. According to company co-owner (name removed), the cable is:
“a shielded aluminum cable with silicone cable the power supply between the and the electric motor.”
Tesla has never worked with the Austrian supplier in the past, but was apparently impressed with its offering. The cable produced is lighter and less expensive than previously used materials. It is a very important component for EVs, because it allows for the "safe" flow of current between vehicle's two primary components.
There is no way to know for sure how many Model 3 sedans that this length of cable will satisfy. While, according to CEO Elon Musk, the Model 3 uses less than a mile (1.5 km) of total wiring, the shielded aluminum portion is only a short piece from the battery to the motor. So, this could conceivably be enough to outfit several thousand ... if not tens of thousands of cars.
The company (name removed) announced the contract on the company's Facebook page, and are very excited about future prospects of supplying Tesla. Due to the tight time constraints, and Tesla's reputation regarding suppliers, getting on board with the electric automaker is a true accomplishment. This also proves that Tesla is, in fact, still securing new suppliers, and has viable "new" options available in the event that something doesn't go as planned.
This massive order was only the beginning of Tesla's intention to work with the company (name removed). The deal is reportedly worth about $5.4 million, and will come in multiple installments. The supplier, having only worked with large traditional automakers in the past (Ford and Chrysler), will have to assure that it can keep up with Tesla's stringent expectations, in order to keep the contract in good standing.