Apple, Tesla and The Big Green Battery Factory

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Tesla unveils $5 billion plan for massive ‘Gigafactory’ to manufacture batteries

In cooperation with strategic battery manufacturing partners, we’re planning to build a large scale factory that will allow us to achieve economies of scale and minimize costs through innovative manufacturing, reduction of logistics waste, optimization of co-located processes and reduced overhead.

When I read the above press release from Tesla, another great American company came to mind: Apple.

Both companies are heavily invested in battery dependent mobile technology and have been pushing the envelope in sustainable factory technologies. Apple has the cash to build an independent battery factory anywhere in the world, but partnering with their Palo Alto neighbor Tesla Motors would multiply efficiencies for both companies.

Even if it’s just wishful thinking as a fan of both companies, the fact that Tesla Motors is planning to follow the Apple model of renewable energy manufacturing is another clear indication that the world is moving away from the  status quo of the Fossil Fuel Economy.

The petrochemical industries have peaked and continue to shrink, but they’re not going quietly, as the Koch brothers and their oil soaked allies in congress prove. On the bright side, they are dying like the toxic, bloated, expensive and unnecessary industries they are, and the rest of us will be far better off as fossil fuels become a thing of the past.

Alternative energy is everywhere, use it wisely!

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