Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Important Media Cross-Post


Tesla Model S Could Consume 100% Of World’s Laptop Batteries

September 10th, 2013 by  

Originally published on Gas2.
By Christopher DeMorro.


With production of the Tesla Model S set to exceed 20,000 units in its first year, analysts are now looking forward to the next fiscal year. Many are bullish that Tesla can meet its 40,000 unit production capacity with ease, which raises a worrying issue; a shortage of laptop battery cells.

Unlike many other electric cars, the Tesla Model S uses around 7,000 18650 lithium-ion laptop battery cells from Panasonic. [CleanTechnica Editor’s Note: Tesla is also likely to start buying batteries from Samsung.] It also has the largest battery pack at 85 kWh than any other EV out there, meaning that in a single year Tesla has sent shockwaves through the laptop battery business.

If Tesla hits its 40,000 unit mark next year, laptop battery production will essentially have to double to keep up with demand. Beyond that, Tesla is already looking into production facilities in Europe and Asia, and production could potentially hit 100,000 units or more by the end of the decade. What will happen to the cost of laptop batteries?

More like than not the prices of batteries, computers, and electric will continue to plummet, and there is little doubt that the industry can keep up. Is Tesla the tipping point for electric cars?

Source: Green Car Reports


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  • Wayne Williamson

    Title is very miss leading….there will not be a shortage of laptop batteries….or any other…..

    • Telsa will be using as many batteries as the laptop industry, but the supply will expand to meet the demand, surely.

      Maybe Tesla will go to prismatic or a polymer format?

  • Felix Hoenikker

    I understand why the began with the Li-Cobalt chemistry, high energy density. Comparable densities could be achieved with higher power dense chemistry like LFP. Already available in 18650 and prismatic formats in China for less than $200/kWh. Fewer interconnects and better thermal characteristics. Time to upgrade.

  • Ivor O’Connor

    I wish they would start producing their own batteries.

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