Tesla Model S Battery Pack Breakdown (Video)

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Those wanting to see what the inside of a Tesla Model S battery pack looks like will want to take a look at an interesting video posted by Jehu Garcia of the firm EV West.

Short of breaking down the battery pack of your own Model S or Model X (and voiding associated warranties), this is probably the closest that you’ll get to the inside of the company’s packs, so it’s worth a watch for that reason alone (if you’re curious anyways). But it’s also interesting from DIY electric conversion perspective, for those so inclined.

Here’s the video:

Green Car Reports provides more:

“The 9-minute video serves as marketing for the used Tesla battery modules he’s selling, but it’s highly instructive in its own right.

“It includes a brief shot of the earlier and differently shaped Tesla Roadster pack, peeling the plastic film off the Model S pack to reveal the case itself, and removing the considerable hardware that hold the covers on the various portions of the pack.

“About a third of the way through the video, Garcia explains why his crew is dismantling the pack in the first place: 10 of its modules will be used for an electric conversion of an older Porsche 911S.

“The team goes on to peel back the sealed top cover, drain the coolant from a module … and explain the safety precautions for tools and workers when dealing with a battery rated at almost 400 volts.”

Altogether, it’s an interesting video. Do any of you reading this have experience breaking down and repurposing electric vehicle battery packs?


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