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

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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Elon Musk To Drive Tesla Model S Across America In Six Days

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Originally published on Gas2
By Christopher DeMorro.

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The Tesla Model S has defied even the wildest expectations, shooting Tesla Motors stock into the stratosphere and increasing the profile of Elon Musk exponentially. So now is the perfect time for Musk to embark on a great American road trip. Musk claims that during a six-day road trip from Los Angeles to New York City, the Tesla Model S will spend just 9 hours charging.

Musk tweeted about the trip late last week, with details having been finalized. The trip will no doubt showcase Tesla’s network of Supercharger stations, which have been slowly cropping up along America’s coast. But America’s heartland is devoid of Superchargers, so how Musk plans to spend just 9 hours recharging at Tesla-exclusive charging station has me scratching my head.

The 3,200 mile journey will require a minimum of 11 refills, even if Musk manages to wrangle 300 miles per-charge. Musk claims that they will spend just 1.5 hours a day recharging, the same amount of time they would spend at rest stops or tourist attractions.

Fair enough, but Tesla’s own Supercharge map shows wide swaths of the country remain uncovered. Am I missing something here? Probably. I know enough not to doubt Elon Musk when he says he is going to do something.

Source: Elon Musk’s Twitter

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