Comments on: Six Questions Regarding Tesla’s Gigafactory Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:18:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Eaton Zhou Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:09:00 +0000 Below are a couple reasons I think how Tesla can lower battery costs vs. current cells from Panasonic:
1.) Shipping from AZ, NM, NV and TX is cheaper than from Japan
2.) Labor is probably cheaper in US than Japan
3.) The move from Synthetic Graphite Anodes in the current 18650 type batteries to Spherical Graphite made from natural graphite flakes.
4.) Increase in energy density of batteries through natural evolution from now until 2017