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Tesla CTO JB Straubel talks battery technology, ‘one-stop sustainable lifestyle’ company & more


As we mentioned in our last article, Tesla CTO JB Straubel gave a presentation last month at the National Entrepreneur Week in Mexico. Straubel, who has been described as ‘the world’s foremost battery expert‘, made some very interesting comments about where Tesla is going in battery technology and as a new sustainable energy company with the acquisition of SolarCity and the push in energy storage.

With the combination of electric vehicles, home energy storage and solar, Straubel described Tesla as becoming a “one-stop sustainable lifestyle company”.

Straubel also explained the end of life of batteries and how Tesla plans to recycle them in order to reuse raw materials.

Overall, Straubel tried to encourage Mexican entrepreneurs to look into how they could contribute to helping transition the world to sustainable energy.

You can watch the presentation in full below and look at the presentation deck further down.

Pro Tip: there’s a Spanish translation during Straubel’s entire talk, which makes hard or impossible to listen if you don’t understand Spanish and even if you do, it’s often preferable to listen in the original language. We recommend setting your speakers to left balance or using headphones with surround sound and Straubel’s voice should come into the left ear, while the voiceover should come into the right here. So you just need to use the left ear bud.

Update: A reader, Daniel, singled out the left stereo channel and reuploaded the video, which fixed the voiceover problem:

Here’s the original video (Straubel’s talk starts around 10:00 and the Q&A around 56:00):

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