Published on August 11th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro
Video: Tesla’s Tech Officer Talks Battery Advances
There’s no doubt that the Tesla Model S is one of the most advanced electric cars on the market today. But what the future holds for Tesla is the promise of even more advanced battery packs and electric vehicles, as Tesla Tech Officer JB Straubel reveals in this video from the 2014 Energy Storage Symposium.
According to Straubel, the reason automakers haven’t been able to build an electric car like the Model S is that they think too small. The battery packs are too small, the range is too short, and while everybody is busy looking for the next great battery advancement, Tesla has invested heavily into lithium-ion technology. The Tesla Gigafactory will be capable of building more EV batteries than the rest of the manufacturing world combined, so you know just how vested Tesla is into lithium-ion technology.
The price and density of Tesla’s batteries has also improved a lot; if you compare the Tesla Roadster to the Model S, you see a 40% improvement in just five years. Meanwhile, cost parity is getting closer to the tipping point of price parity with combustion engines.
The video is nearly an hour long, but if you’re a Tesla-phile like many of us are, there are a lot of awesome tech tidbits to sort through…and you really get an idea of how Tesla is out to change the car world as we know it.
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