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According to a tweet from the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, Tesla is shifting their standard-range car batteries from lithium-ion to iron-cathode. Musk cites concerns with nickel and the challenges of scaling lithium-ion production as the reason for the move.

Tesla already fits the Chinese-built Standard Range Model 3 with Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) batteries, which is suspected to be the reason why prices of the cheaper Model 3 were slashed last year. Musk’s latest tweet indicates a model-wide shift towards LFP batteries is on the horizon.

Nickel is our biggest concern for scaling lithium-ion cell production. That’s why we are shifting standard range cars to an iron cathode. Plenty of iron (and lithium)!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 25, 2021

Demand for nickel, as well as other finite resources used in battery production, such as cobalt, is beginning to outstrip supply. The two metals are partly responsible for the higher prices of EVs than their ICE counterparts. According to Bloomberg, they account for around 30% of a Tesla’s price.

See Also: Tesla Reportedly Cuts Down Model 3 Production At Palo Alto Over Chip Shortage

The difficulties mining such metals, including the geopolitical instability within the regions where they are mined, has led Tesla to explore the possibility of alternatives. According to Reuters, in an investor call last year Musk had called upon nickel mining companies to increase production while offering a “giant contract for a long period of time” for nickel mined in an efficient and environmentally sensitive way.

Tesla has been seen as having an aggressive strategy towards battery production. Another significant component within modern batteries is lithium, which will continue to be required in nickel-free LFP batteries.

The Financial Times report that last year, at Tesla’s socially-distanced battery day, Musk announced plans to go into lithium mining. It was seen by many as a move to jolt two lithium producers, Livent and Albemarle, into action. Tesla plans to produce 20 million cars per year by 2030, and to do so would require far more lithium than is being mined. Output (outside of China) is not seen as being increased to a degree that will meet Tesla’s demands.

The switch to nickel-free LFP batteries is also one of the main backbones behind their “million mile” battery tech. Such advancements, already patented by Tesla, would increase the number of charge-discharge cycles from 1000-1500 to around 4000. For a car recharged every week, that could see the potential of a 75-year battery life.


Nike has just released a new version of its popular Dunk shoe that takes inspiration from the iconic 1970 Porsche 917K Gulf.

Fittingly dubbed the Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Gulf,’ the shoe features the iconic blue and orange paint scheme of Gulf Oil. The shoe also includes a white Nike Swoosh with black outlines and includes number ‘58’ decals on the sides and the tongue. In addition to the orange and blue finish, the Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Gulf’ comes with black laces.

Watch Also: Driving A Porsche 917 Is A Surefire Way To Make A Huge Impression

The shoe will launch in Japan on February 27 before arriving on U.S. shores in mid-March with a $100 price tag. That sounds like a great deal although, as Input Mag points out, the shoes are already being flipped by resellers like StockX for over $400, proving just how well-received they have been among sneakerheads.

This isn’t the first time a Porsche-inspired version of the Nike SB Dunk has been released. In late 2020, the retailer presented the SB Dunk Low ‘Pink Pig,’ inspired by a particularly famous Porsche 917/20 Coupe best known as the ‘Pink Pig.’ The car raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971 and was the fastest car during the pre-race qualification session. Unfortunately, it failed to finish the race despite running in as high as fifth position.

Like the car, the Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Pink Pig’ is finished almost entirely in pink with red, white, and black accents.

Should these Porsche-inspired Nikes not do it for you, Puma and Porsche collaborated on a series of shoes inspired by the eight generations of the 911 Turbo in late 2020.

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The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will be unveiled on March 4 . But thanks to this test drive of a relatively uncovered and unabashed prototype, we now have a good idea of what to expect.

The Taycan Cross Turismo seemingly fills a gap that isn’t yet represented in the market. It combines shooting-brake-like practicality and looks with off-road agility and EV performance. Think of it as an Audi Allroad, only better.

We’ve already seen the Taycan Cross Turismo prototype testing around the globe, but how does this oddball EV fair in the real world? The short review assures us that handling and agility haven’t been compromised by the raised suspension, which is 20 mm (0.79 inches) higher on the standard car and 30 mm (1.18 inches) with the off-road pack.

Read: Porsche Using Test Rig That Cracks Open Like An Egg To Test The Taycan Cross Turimo’s Interior

The Cross Turismo tested is a 761 hp (772 PS) Turbo S, with the reviewer predicting a range of around 450-500 km (approx 280-311 miles). The exact details of the models that will be available are kept under wraps, but the interior isn’t. The dashboard and center console are reportedly identical to the standard Taycan, bar the addition of a gravel mode that’s selected via the center screen.

The Cross Turismo’s wheelbase is the same as the standard Taycan, but the design from the B-pillar back is all new. The long-roofed car has more headroom for rear-seat passengers, with the ability to fold the rear seats for added load-lugging. Legroom remains the same, and it’s unknown if there’ll be a four-seat option as on the Taycan.

See: Mark Webber Tests Out The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Externally, the looks are familiar, with the estate transformation looking as if it was designed from the outset. In addition to the raised suspension, the Cross Turismo ups the off-road ante with roof rails and plastic cladding — as seen in practically every jacked-up wagon so far. But with all-wheel-drive expected as standard and an optional off-road package, the Taycan Cross Turismo should have a decent amount of substance to match its “active lifestyle” looks.

#Correction: A previous version of this article miscalculated the conversion from km to miles for the estimated driving range. The correct numbers are 280-311 miles.