Tesla just built the world’s largest battery, thanks to a bet

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Tesla Launches Powerpack Project In South Australia

Elon Musk at the Tesla Powerpack unveiling in South Australia in September.


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In July, Elon Musk bet the people of Australia he could build a 100MW battery in 100 days or it would be free.

Turns out the man who proposed using rockets to fly us around the world in 30 minutes is nothing if not ambitious. Tesla just did it — with about 40 days to spare.

On Friday, the South Australian government announced the completion of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery just outside the South Australian city of Jamestown. In a statement, the office of state premier Jay Weatherill confirmed the battery would be energised within days.

The battery was the result of a bet between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and fellow billionaire (and founder of Australian tech…

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