Video: Tesla Motors Elon Musk Townhall Meeting in Amsterdam – 56 Minutes of Q & A

FEB 3 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 11

Elon Musk Answers Questions For Nearly an Hour

Elon Musk Answers Questions For Nearly an Hour

Tesla Motors has been busy touring Europe the past few days.

First, there was a stop in Munich, Germany.

Now, there’s this video, which just hit Tesla Club Belgium’s Facebook page, from Tesla’s Townhall meeting at the Tesla Amsterdam Service Center.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was on hand to answer questions.  So too was JB Straubel, CTO and co-founder of Tesla.

The duo fielded questions on all sort of topics.  As the video description states:

“Tesla Motors held an open Questions and Answers forum about the Model S: The New Firmware version 6.0, SuperChargers locations, Music streaming Radio, FastNed, Sharing Charging locations, Grid, Car Sharing, … and Applying for a Job at Tesla Motors.”

So, there’s loads of info included in this 56-minute video.  Enjoy!!!

via Tesla Club Belgium’s Facebook page

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11 Comments on "Video: Tesla Motors Elon Musk Townhall Meeting in Amsterdam – 56 Minutes of Q & A"

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I love it when Musk laughs at the first question that “I can’t charge my car”. I was somewhat less enthused about the answer, but it doesn’t matter what I happen to think.

This was the most relaxed Musk I’ve seen in a long time. Quite enjoyable to watch, since I didn’t catch any ‘funny’ statements; of course having an enthusiastic audience tends to help his disposition.

Looks like Musk was wearing a T-shirt with a European fit. 🙂

He’s just getting midlife bulge. hehe.

Can’t watch the video. What info about the SC did he say?

He said a goal of 100 SuperChargers in Europe by the end of the year. The goal is that they are so dense that “you don’t even have to think about it.”

Around the 20 minute mark Musk says that he does not expect significant improvements in batteries in the next 4-5 years.

2 days ago in Oslo, he said that Gen 3 batteries will be at least 30% ideally 40% cheaper than the current ones, so the question is what exactly he means by significant improvements…

He is surely referring to energy density and the underlying chemistry.

I agree. He is implying that Gen III will not be a new chemistry. So sounds like a cost reduction and minor performance improvement on the current chemistry.

That also means the new cells are probably close to production ready. We should know more at the earnings call this month.

Just so. Those who inferred from this historic data of an average 8% or so density improvement that there would be anything smooth about it, or even inevitable, are in for a disappointment in my view. Nissan back in 2009 reckoned that they could do a doubling in density, but would take until 2015 to put it into production: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2009/11/nissan-nmc-20091129.html They seem to be keeping to schedule, and will match the density in Tesla and Panasonic’s 18650 LCA cells using prismatic NMC shortly, if the recent rumblings from Nissan and Renault mean anything. AFAIK there is nothing at a similar state of progress to that which Nissan’s NMC cells were in 2009, and it has taken them at least 5 years to bring them to market if they released tomorrow. Sure, there are lots of possibilities, sulphur, and solid state, and silicon, and umpteen others. They are not about to go into commercial production for cars anytime soon, as far as we know, so it seems that the timescale may be at least as long as the delay in Nissan’s NMC cells coming to market has been, and likely longer. So I can see Nissan matching Tesla’s energy density any… Read more »