Pylon damaged in Tesla Giga Berlin alleged arson attack gets fully repaired


A power pylon near Tesla Giga Berlin that was damaged in March’s alleged arson attack has been completely repaired. The cost of repairing the facility, which was allegedly set on fire by environmental activists as a form of protest against Tesla, was over a million euros. 

As noted in an rbb24 report, the attack on the power pylon successfully cut the power to Giga Berlin. However, it also cut the power to the Berlin districts of Rahnsdorf, Wilhelmshagen, and Müggelheim, as well as the Brandenburg towns of Erkner, Gosen-Neu-Zittau, Woltersdorf, and the Grünheide districts of Fangschleuse and Freienbrink. Other businesses in the area were affected as well. 

While Giga Berlin was able to resume vehicle operations quickly, the repair for the damaged pylon seemed to have taken a bit more time. As noted by network operator Edis, the damaged components on the affected power pylon had to be completely replaced. Several hundred individual parts also had to be manufactured and assembled by hand as part of the facility’s repairs. 

As a result of the environmental activists’ attack, the power pylon would be extensively secured. As noted by Edis, camera systems that were installed in the facility following the attack would be retained. The pylon would be fenced in as well, and security service will monitor the facility around the clock. That’s quite a lot of security measures for a power pylon, but considering the tensions in Giga Berlin, such efforts may indeed be required. 

Previous reports have noted that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has urged German officials to ensure that the people behind the arson attack are caught. As per Economics Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD), “Elon Musk has made it clear what he expects from us. In his words, ‘You absolutely need to find a way to apprehend this attacker. People shouldn’t be left with the wrong message if they escape capture.’”

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Tesla offers free Fremont Factory tour to Chinese customers


Tesla is offering a chance to win a free Fremont Factory tour to customers in China who complete their delivery between May 25 and June 30, 2024.

Tesla China recently announced the free Fremont Factory draw on its Weibo account. The winner will receive a one-day free Fremont Factory tour. 

Given Tesla’s Freemont Factory in California, the US-based automaker will cover the winner’s airfare and transportation costs. In addition to free airfare, transportation, and a Fremont Factory tour, the participant will also receive 10,000 km of free Supercharging.

Tesla China did not mention how many customers will be named the free Fremont Factory tour winner. However, Tesla enumerated some of the requirements to win. 

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First, eligible participants must purchase a new Tesla vehicle. Second, they must complete their vehicle delivery by the end of June 2024. Third, they must obtain a US visa on their own for the free Fremont Factory tour. 

Previously, Tesla China offered a chance to win a free two-day visit to Giga Shanghai. The Giga Shanghai free tour is available to customers who visit a Tesla store in China and test-drive a vehicle before June 30, 2024. 

Tesla China accounted for 22.5% of the company’s overall revenue in 2023. However, the company faces tough competition in China against Chinese automakers. 

The company has launched programs that encourage Chinese customers to purchase new Tesla vehicles. In April 2024, Tesla announced a zero downpayment program for Model 3 and Model Y units in its inventory. It launched another zero-interest, zero-downpayment promotion in May, which ends on June 30.

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Study finds only 2.5% of EV batteries have been replaced to date


A recent study from Recurrent has revealed that overall, electric vehicle battery replacements are rare. And if high-profile recalls such as GM’s issues with the Chevy Bolt EV are taken out of the equation, only 2.5% of electric vehicle battery packs in 2011 to 2024 model year EVs have been replaced thus far. 

Electric vehicle critics typically point to battery replacements as a reason why EVs are a subpar alternative to combustion-powered cars. This is partly due to the fact that electric vehicle batteries are expensive, costing as much as 50% of a car’s value. With this in mind, battery replacements have the potential to give customers huge headaches. 

As noted in a study from Recurrent, however, battery replacements are actually extremely rare. While there have been battery recalls from General Motors and Hyundai over the years, the vast majority of electric car batteries are still in their original vehicles. This seems to be especially true for Tesla, which comprises the majority of electric vehicle sales in the United States. 

As per Recurrent’s findings: “Across all years and models, outside of big recalls, only 2.5% have been replaced. This increase from last year is entirely due to older cars. For cars older than 2015, replacement rates are 13%, but under 1% for cars from 2016 and newer.”

Even battery-related recalls have not resulted in much financial inconvenience for consumers. Recurrent’s study noted that battery replacements that occur under warranty have so far been handled by automakers themselves. This seems to be the case with General Motors with the Hummer EV’s batteries, as well as Rivian’s all-electric adventure vehicles. Such an instance was described by the owner of a Hummer EV whose battery was replaced by GM. 

“GM called and asked if they could have my battery for an engineering study. They offered me $250.00, the new battery, and a loaner vehicle. Dealer turned it around in one day, as this was the second time they replaced my battery. Win win for everyone,” the Hummer EV owner noted. 

Recurrent’s study can be viewed here. 

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