Reports emerge of Tesla Model 3 production date in Shanghai, and CATL battery deal

Californian electric car maker Tesla will commence making its Model 3 electric sedan at its new Shanghai Gigafactory in China on November 11, according to reports emerging in China today. As CEO and co-founder Elon Musk announces the unveil of hit “pet project”, the electric Cyber-truck or ute for November 21, it seems next Monday will also hold as a significant day for the pioneering EV maker. Musk told investors and analysts at Tesla’s Q3 earnings call earlier this month that the Shanghai factory, which has been built in an incredible 10 months time only having had ground broken in January, would open early – but he didn’t give a date for officially commencing production. Tesla China has posted a cryptic message on local social media that says (translated) “Made in China Model 3 is about to debut, please look forward to it”, and reports of the actual date are now emerging on several Chinese news sites. There are also some images emerging on Twitter of vehicles made at the new Shanghai, with a Tesla logo in Chinese such as these posted by Twitter use “Jay in Shanghai”. BREAKING: Latest photos of Made in China

New Ingersoll Rand air compressor series released in Australia

Referred to as the ‘fifth utility’, air compressors play a vital role in the mining industry. While compressed air is a valuable resource on any mine site, the costs of running air compressors can be high – accounting for up to 20 per cent of energy costs in an underground mine. Even small improvements to airflow and specific power gains can provide substantial savings when it comes to capital and running costs. The new Ingersoll Rand Next Generation R-Series oil-flooded, rotary screw air compressors boast features that enable these improvements. These compressors are now available on the local market through CAPS Australia. “The new air-end design features a highly-advanced rotor profile and bearing layout; this improves the energy efficiency of the compressor and optimises the gear design, operating at a lower speed than its predecessor,” explains Paolo Lazzari, product manager for compressed air products with CAPS. “As a result, it is providing between 8 to 14 per cent more air flow. This means the consumer can potentially downsize their compressor or have spare capacity if required. In terms of specific power, in some models Ingersoll Rand has reduced the specific power of t...