Recently Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk held a townhall meeting at the company’s international headquarters in Amsterdam. Among the topics of discussion were the announcements of three important improvements to the car company. Musk announced that Tesla Model S vehicles will be offered with an AWD system, available around the time of the highly anticipated Model X late this year or 2015.
For current owners, the company has released the latest software update, dubbed 6.0. The update will allows the driver to access real time traffic updates and more control over the suspension settings and ride height adjustments.
The Tesla CEO also announced a new factory that will make batteries for the company. The factory will be built somewhere in the U.S. and will be able to recycle old battery units in-house and refit visiting Teslas with new battery packs.
The goal of the company is to reduce battery costs between 30 and 40 percent as well as putting out 30 gigawatt-hours of production capacity. The new factory will be necessary if Tesla is to complete it’s goal of producing a $30,000 mass production car with a 200-mile range.
Also announced at the casual town hall meeting was the completion of a trans continental supercharger network, allowing for trips across the U.S., marked with a road trip to celebrate the achievement and is adding capacity with five of the stations coming on per week.