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Tesla Battery Day presentation: Stream, Announcements, Model S, more

Published: 23/Sep/2020 8:40 Updated: 23/Sep/2020 8:59

by Kieran Bicknell

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Poised to be one of the biggest EV events of the year, Tesla’s “Battery Day” event is upon us, here’s what we’re expecting from Elon Musk’s flagship event.

In typical Elon Musk style, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur has been building plenty of hype for Battery Day across his social media accounts.

According to Elon, Battery Day will bring “many exciting things” and says that the products and inventions unveiled will “blow your mind… it blows my mind, and I know it!”

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The Batter Day presentation will show off what Tesla has been working on to fuel their vehicles.

Elon Musk sets expectations for Battery Day

Managing to somehow both build hype and settle expectations within one tweet, Musk declared “This affects long-term production, especially Semi, Cybertruck & Roadster, but what we announce will not reach serious high-volume production until 2022.”

From that and several other tweets, it sounds like we’re in for a few big surprises from the Battery Day event. Choosing to mention Semi, Cybertruck and Roadster is also an interesting choice, as these are as-yet-unreleased products.

Perhaps there will be news on the battery tech used within these products, or maybe even an update on the construction times for those who have pre-ordered their vehicles.

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Some projects may slightly be affected by what Tesla will announce on Battery Day.

The million mile battery?

One of the standout rumors for Battery Day is the talk of Tesla trying to build a ‘million mile battery.’

Referencing the lifespan of the battery before it needs to be replaced, Tesla are hoping that by increasing the lifespan of a battery, more people will adopt EVs before it becomes mandatory.

The aim is to make battery cars appear as ‘lifetime vehicles’ in the same way that a well-maintained combustion engined car would appear. With a lifespan of a million miles, that gives a lifespan of roughly 76 years – far more than the rest of the car would survive for.

As reported by Reuters earlier in 2019, Tesla’s ‘million mile’ battery will be a joint collaboration with Chinese battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL).

This new technology would also theoretically bring down Tesla’s cost per kilowatt-hour. Should it be successful, Tesla may well be able to pass the savings on to the consumer, and be able to sell their EVs for the price of a similar-spec gasoline car.

Tesla to manufacture batteries in-house?

Speaking of batteries, there is also a substantial rumour that Tesla will make the shift to in-house battery manufacturing – could this be announced during the September 22 event?

Tesla currently source their batteries from outside companies, including their so-called ‘2170 cells’ which are produced by Panasonic.

Despite being produced at Tesla’s gigafactory in Nevada, demand can outstrip supply. In 2018, supply shortages caused havoc during production of the Model 3, with Musk publicly blaming battery issues for ‘constraining production’ of the Model 3 and Model Y.

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There’s hope that what Tesla has to announce on Battery Day will improve its present lineup.

With many recent tech acquisitions, patents filed and public studies published by Tesla’s Head of Battery Research Jeff Dahn, it seems that Tesla may be making the shift to in-house battery production.

Battery Day would be the perfect time to announce this, and the time it takes to get factories up-and-running would explain Musk’s earlier tweet about an announcement “affecting long-term production.”

The end of Cobalt in Tesla Batteries?

Cobalt is a rare metal that is used in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries such as those used in Teslas, but the mining of such materials is hugely controversial. It is hugely expensive too, and is often the root cause of EVs being so expensive.

Musk has been openly vocal about his dislike for using Cobalt, stating that Tesla currently use less than 3% Cobalt in their batteries, and that next-gen Teslas would reportedly feature Cobalt-free battery technology.

With such a big platform in front of him, Battery Day would be the perfect time for Musk to make the announcement that Tesla are moving away from Cobalt use.

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Battery Day will give us a look at what Tesla is setting their sights on for the near future.

All-new Tesla Terafactories?

When Tesla unveiled their Gigafactory, the world was shocked at the sheer size, volume and capabilities of the unit. Now, Elon seems to suggest that they’re going to one-up themselves.

With Musk implying that Tesla’s next factories will be called ‘Terafactories’ the name change alone suggests an incredible size increase. ‘Giga’ relates to a billion, while ‘Tera’ implies a trillion.

Gigafactories were named as Tesla aimed to produce ‘gigawatt-hours’ of battery capacity. The name change to Terafactories could also be reflection of new lofty power production goals for the electric vehicle company, in line with previous hints from Musk himself.

How to watch Tesla’s Battery Day event

With Battery Day festivities set to kick off at 4:30pm BST starting with a public shareholders meeting, there will be plenty of news and events from the EV giants.

Both events will be live-streamed sequentially from the Tesla Website, and we’ll be bringing you updated coverage from the 2020 Tesla Battery Day event.


Biggest annoucements from Tesla Battery Day

With the event now being over, we’ve rounded up a collection of the biggest announcements from Tesla’s event. From new battery tech to budget EVs, there were plenty of big annoucements and promises from Mr Musk himself.

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Improved range from in-house batteries

Tesla confirmed rumors that they are indeed making a shift towards in-house battery production at the event. The plan is to manufacture ‘tabless’ batteries in-house, which will bring both cost benefits and improved range for the vehicles they are used in.

Labeled ‘4860 cells’ the tabless batteries will be six times more powerful than their current equivalents, and increase range up to 16%.

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The Model S will see a new ‘plaid’ powertrain option with insane performance capabilities.

Tesla Model S Plaid Powertrain

One of the biggest announcements from the event was the unveiling of the ‘plaid’ powertrain for the Model S. Costing $139,990, the Plaid Model S will be sat above the ‘ludicrous’ model in the range, and promises hair-raising performance capabilities.

Smashing 0-60 in under 2 seconds and with an alleged top speed of over 200mph, it will be knocking on the door of the Porsche Taycan’s fanbase to try and convert customers over to the Tesla brand.

We will be seeing a $25,000 Tesla in the future

In a bid to transform the accessibility of EVs, Elon Musk says that the goal is to build a “$25,000 Tesla.”

Utilizing the aforementioned ‘tabless’ batteries and new manufacturing processes, Tesla aims to “halve” the cost per kilowatt-hour of their cars, bringing the retail price down to starter-car levels.

Having promised a $25,000 EV back in 2018 and saying it will be available within 3 years, Musk may well be on track to stick to his words.

 

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Forza Motorsport for Xbox Series X: Features, game engine, release date

Published: 23/Oct/2020 13:00 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 14:45

by David Purcell

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The next Forza Motorsport game promises to be a good one, riding high on the back of Horizon 4’s success. We have all the current information on Forza Motorsport, including the release date, cars, tracks, and more.

As regular players of the popular racing game will know already, the franchise splits its new titles into two different types, with the Motorsport collection focusing on track races and Horizon offering a much more ‘sandbox’ open-world experience.

While Playground Games develop the Horizon games, Turn 10 Studios lead the charge on the Motorsport front. It is important to note that this new iteration of Forza Motorsport is called simply that, not Forza Motorsport 8 as many expected.

If there’s one thing that we know for certain already, it’s that the trailers and in-game graphics will be top of the range, but there’s a lot more to expect than just that.

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Previous Forza Motorsport games have taken drivers all around the world. Full Forza Motorsport track details, however, are yet to be confirmed.

When is the new Forza Motorsport release date?

If you’re used to taking the wheel in Microsoft Studios’ wildly popular racing game already, you will know that Forza Motorsport is the confirmed name of the developers’ next project and may have a similar release timeframe to normal.

Typically, Forza games are released at the back end of September, with Horizon 4 released on September 28, 2019, and its predecessor – Motorsport 7 – coming slightly later with an October 3 launch in 2017.

There’s still a chance that this schedule remains with the next game, though a recent leak has suggested that we will see the release date of Forza Motorsport during February 2021 thanks to uncontrollable events during 2020.

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Forza Motorsport 7 was released back in October 2017, and sold over 1.22 million units.

Will Forza Motorsport be available on next-gen consoles?

While nothing has been confirmed so far in terms of a release date, there is one thing we do know – the next generation of video game consoles is on the horizon. Forza Motorsport will indeed be available on Xbox Series X, but in traditional Forza style, it will not feature on the Playstation platform.

A brand new Xbox Series X console will be launched for the “holiday” season of 2020. However, due to delays in the production of Forza Motorsport, it won’t feature as a launch title.

Forza Motorsport 5, back in 2013, was one of the first games released on the platform. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see the same happen again this time around.

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The Xbox One Series X is coming soon, but will Forza Motorsport be released as a launch title?

Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X pre-orders

As we already know, Forza Motorsport will make use of next-gen hardware found in the new Xbox consoles. Priced at $499 for the Series X and $299 for the Series S, you can pre-order them now.

Find out how to pre-order the next generation of Xbox consoles here.

Forza Motorsport teaser trailer

Usually, a trailer will be shown off at the annual E3 event, as is tradition for Microsoft Studios. Back in 2018, the Forza Horizon 4 trailer was played at the presser, but it seems that this won’t be occurring with Forza Motorsport.

However, with E3 canceled due to the current global situation, the trailer for Forza has instead been released online. While not giving us too much information, the minute-long teaser trailer does give hints towards new game modes, tracks, and some of the cars that feature in the upcoming Forza Motorsport.

The annual conference, bringing together developers and fans from almost every corner of the industry, was set to take place between June 9 and June 11. With that said, it was impossible for E3 to take place during the crisis.

Does Forza Motorsport have a new game engine?

In one of the most well-publicized leaks yet, it seems that Forza Motorsport will be built on an all-new game engine; Unreal Engine 4. If the rumors reported by XboxMag.Net (in French) are correct, it could shake things up considerably for both future Motorsport and Horizon games.

The inclusion of off-road racing in the upcoming Motorsport game is said to be a particular benefactor of this new game engine.

Forza Motorsport next-gen graphics

It has been confirmed that Forza Motorsport will feature ray tracing, as confirmed by creative director Chris Esaki. He has also stated that players will be able to enjoy impressive visuals across all tracks, games, and environments in the upcoming Forza Motorsport game.

Forza Motorsport Screenshot
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The next installment in the Forza Motorsport series will benefit from a number of graphics updates.

In addition to this, Turn 10 studio architect Chris Tector gave us an insight into how Forza Motorsport will take advantage of the Xbox Series X hardware during an interview with Engadget:

With the wheels, we no longer have to compromise with those approximations, because they would always end up with this really flat lighting, or there wouldn’t be enough light interaction between the wheel and the brake discs and the fender. It’s a big, complicated, tight space in there, and now, we’re able to actually get a very realistic look to that wheel.”

Prior to the inclusion of onboard ray tracing in the next-gen consoles,  Tector said that developers used to mimic lighting effects instead of implementing them fully, utilizing tools such as cube maps and static textures.

Thanks to the new next-gen hardware, it seems that we’ll be able to enjoy fantastic, no-compromise visual effects and graphics across the board.

New Forza Motorsport cars and tracks

As it is still early days in the development of the game, we are yet to receive a full car or track list for the game. That having been said, there have been some obvious inclusions that we can see from the trailers.

You can read our ongoing list of confirmed cars for the new Forza Motorsport here.

Forza Motorsport Laguna Seca Confirmed
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Fan-favorite circuit Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca appears to be a confirmed part of the track lineup.

Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca is an obvious inclusion as this is where the majority of the release trailer is ‘filmed’. Maple Valley Raceway has also been seen in a number of test plays, seemingly confirming its inclusion in the upcoming Forza Motorsport game.

A ‘complete reboot’ of the Forza Motorsport series

With the release date for Forza Motorsport being anywhere from a few months to nearly half a year away depending on which rumors you believe, there have been leaks about new features to expect in the game.

Forza is clearly aiming to go back to their motorsport roots with Forza Motorsport, stripping the number from the title to make it clear that this is a complete series reboot.

Forza Motorsport gameplay features

Features such as dynamic track and tire temperatures have been circulating the rumor mill. This means that tracks will get gradually ‘rubberized’ lap-by-lap as cars pass over and deposit sticky rubber from their tires. This in turn will increase the grip of the track on the racing line.

In a world-first for the Forza Motorsport series of games, rallying and off-road races are set to be included. SUVs and off-road vehicles are also meant to play a pivotal part in this area of the game. Race sizes are also set to be increased, which would make genres such as NASCAR significantly more realistic.

Will Forza Motorsport have a new online multiplayer?

Given that the new Forza Motorsport will be competing with the likes of Gran Turismo, Project Cars 3, and Assetto Corsa Competizione; It is likely that the online multiplayer system will also receive a thorough overhaul.

Forza Motorsport Laguna Seca Action
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Online multiplayer is likely to get an overhaul to keep in line with that of competitor games

This is one area that Forza has always been criticized. One fan commented on the launch video itself “Can’t wait to get rammed in the first corner in glorious 4K 60 FPS” echoing the feelings of many players worldwide.


Once we have more information, we will update this article accordingly. Until then, you can keep roaring around racetracks in Forza Motorsport 7 on the Xbox One, or exploring England in Forza Horizon 4.