Published on June 6th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro42
Elon Musk Unimpressed By Battery Breakthroughs
June 6th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
It seems like every other day, some company somewhere is claiming some major breakthrough in battery technology. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is unimpressed and unfazed by these reports, though the upcoming Gigafactory will be ready should one of these battery breakthroughs pan out.
When asked at a shareholder meeting if Tesla is worried about a battery breakthrough coming from elsewhere in the industry, Musk answered simply. He said that so far, none of the supposed breakthroughs have held up at a laboratory level or actually exceed Tesla’s own composition.
As far as the Gigafactory goes, should one of these breakthroughs happen, it would be relatively simple to retool the factory to utilize the new anode or cathode, where most battery research is focused. In fact, Musk expects “…to evolve the anode and cathode. It’s not merely, ‘What if that happens.’ We expect that to happen.”
Right now, lithium-ion batteries remain king of the energy storage world, but Musk is hopefully staying afoot of all the advancements being made. One of the most promising is the aluminum-air battery debuted by Phinergy and Alcoa, through a rival automaker could be the one to come up with a better battery at the end of the day.
It’s obvious Musk and Tesla are looking well ahead into the future, and they won’t be caught by surprise when a battery breakthrough inevitably happens.
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