Tesla hopes to accomplish SA battery, Model 3 and more by 2020

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Tesla Chief Executive, Elon Musk enters the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has set some goals to accomplish by 2020. Here is everything to expect from the company in the next three years.

South Australia battery

Musk has pledged to solve SA’s energy problems. He believes the solution is to build the largest lithium-ion battery in the world. He said he could do that in 100 days, or it would be free.

The Tesla battery in SA is expected to 60 percent larger than any other large-scale battery energy storage system in the world. The 100MW system will be designed to be a source of 129 megawatt hours of energy in the region.

Renewable energy will be used to charge Tesla PowerPacks. It will be a source of electricity during peak hours.

The batteries will deliver emergency back-up power in the case of a blackout. The company said in a blog post that the project will provide enough power for over 30,000 homes.

Solar Roof and Powerwall Battery Packs

Tesla continues to focus on renewable energy solutions for homes and business with the rollout of its Solar Roof and Powerwall battery packs. “With an integrated Powerwall battery, energy collected during the day is stored and made available any time, effectively turning your home into a personal utility,” Tesla explained.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla is looking to produce Model 3, its first mass-market car. It is billed as an electric contender to the BMW 3 Series on size. With the Model 3, no physical keys will be needed. It is syncing to a phone through a bluetooth connection.

It is likely to be released in Australia by early 2019. The car’s price tag is expected to be around $44,000.

All-electric Semi-Truck

The company is on course to create its first all-electric semi-truck. Speaking at Tesla’s shareholder, Musk said people will get a first look at the electric semi this year.

“We are showing off a working prototype at the end of September, but we have shown it to people who buy heavy-duty trucking, and they all love it,” news.com.au quotes him as saying. The company is yet to announce when it would be readily available for purchase and how much it would cost.

Increase the range of Tesla cars

Musk reportedly aims to dramatically increase how far Tesla’s cars travel on a single charge. By 2020, Tesla will likely be able to make its cars go 745 miles per charge.

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