Nobody would invade Siberia to colonize it. They'd invade Siberia for things like its $5 trillion USD in remaining proven oil reserves. Russia is the largest producer/exporter of oil in the world, and the vast majority of it comes from Siberia.
90% of Canada's population is within 160KM of the southern US border. Add the Calgary and Edmonton metro areas and you're up to 97% of the population.
Indeed, I'd like to see the UnExtended Edition, which compresses the three films (474 minutes long, or 7.9 hours) down to one film that's somewhere between 120 and 180 minutes long.
You're not the only one. If I was spending $70 million on a home, it'd look nothing like that. It'd probably be a good deal smaller, or if it was the same number of overall square feet, it'd probably be more subdivided. To me, a room for a given purpose has an optimal size. If the room is too small for that purpose, it's not going to work great, but also if the room is too big for that purpose, it will also not work great.
I'd probably focus less on strange decorations (some ornamental motorcycle? A wall of candy?) and more on practical stuff, like going whole hog on expensive home automation. To me, luxury involves making something easier to use or more functional (like electronically tinting windows or a Washlet toilet), or more comfortable (like a nice mattress or a good carpet), or making it look nicer (like a nice wood finish)... not stuff whose sole purpose is to look expensive. I want something to look luxurious and pleasing, not expensive.
Gas stations currently have no involvement in Tesla's charging infrastructure. I believe the prototype battery swap station is inside a converted gas station carwash, but that's probably more because it's a prototype that isn't fully automated than any indication of what a final fully automated station would look like. Further, I highly doubt that the gas station next to the prototype swap station has any involvement in it beyond providing the land and/or structure.
The space required for battery storage would be non-negligible, but they don't take up very much space, considering they're thin and can be stacked (you'd expect them to go on racks) The original goal was also for the system to be fully automated, minimizing labour costs, and the total number of batteries at a station would never change since any swap would result in a new battery being deposited. While occasional trips by Tesla to replace batteries might be required, they'd be rare, only happening when a given station accumulated a sufficiently large number of defunct batteries. Normally it would take years for a battery to reach that state.
The problem currently is that the prototype system isn't fully automated, and isn't as space-efficient as an automated system would be, hence why they put it in a carwash.
No, they're not. Sony's annual revenue is $64.7 billion USD. North Korea's GDP is $12.4 billion USD. Sony's market capitalization is also larger than North Korea's entire economy. The drop in Sony's stock value after the hack was roughly a quarter of North Korea's GDP, although the stock has since recovered somewhat.
Sony is far larger than North Korea, economically.
And if Tesla said something about battery swaps to their customers that was credible, the news would spread, starting most likely with their own discussion forums. Besides that, I'd dispute that Tesla owners are really getting any sort of inside info, particularly since all the Tesla owners that you know appear to be wrong on this subject.
I work for a large annual convention, and at our most recent event we took our first baby steps into using pallets. We got a bunch of plastic pallets and a pallet jack to move them.
For us, it's about doing our load-in and load-out at the venue quickly. Before, we'd have one or two trucks doing the rounds between our storage space and the venue. The trucks would arrive, and then we'd load everything into the trucks one piece at a time (using boxes, at least), and then the trucks would go off and we'd sit on the loading dock waiting for them to return. With pallets, the trucks arrive, we stick the pallets in with the pallet jack, the trucks (very quickly leave), and then while waiting for the truck to return we're loading stuff onto pallets and wrapping it for the next truck. By the time the truck has returned, the pallets are ready to load.
We're not fully converted to using pallets, but the first steps have already shown us how much extra speed we can get out of them, mostly just by letting our people work on loading the trucks before the trucks even get to the dock.
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I'm not sure. The additional armour that they added consisted of three components, some of which aren't located under the battery.
Sort of: they're in a flat pack (kind of like a big skateboard) that is bolted to the bottom of the car. The battery pack does give the car a good deal of structural support and rigidity, but it can be removed relatively quickly and swapped out with another.
The batteries are permanently embedded in a giant battery pack that takes up most of the bottom of the car. The battery swap station is replacing that, not the individual cells inside it.
The battery stations and superchargers are meant to charge in between cities when driving between them. The assumption is that your normal charging happens at home or at your destination.
Why would Tesla owners know anything more about Tesla's future plans than anyone else?
It seems like they're going to be doing part or all of the battery swap manually, so the improvement from 3 minutes down back to the target of 90 seconds is more about getting everything automated again rather than simply improving the process. It's not practical to roll out large numbers of battery swap stations all over the world if they need a pit crew at each one.
From their press release, it sounds like the culprit is the additional armour that was added to the car to avoid damage to the battery packs from road debris. The original swap demonstration was fully automated, but then they went and stuck a bunch of other stuff on the underbody, invalidating their existing automation work for it.