Elon Musk says new car battery is a milestone

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http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37171455

Tesla Motors has unveiled a new battery pack for the performance versions of its Model S and X cars that will extend the range and mean faster acceleration.

Elon Musk, chief executive of the electric car maker, hailed the upgraded battery as a “profound milestone”.

He said the battery cell chemistry is the same, but the reconfigured product stored more energy in the same space.

Tesla, which this month posted a steeper-than-expected loss, is adding a new sedan car to its sports line-up.

Mr Musk claimed that the new 100-kilowatt hour battery pack means high-end versions of the Model S sedan, called the P100D, will be the world’s fastest accelerating car in production.

It will do 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds. He said there were faster cars on the market, but these were limited-run vehicles, while the Tesla is aimed at the mass market, he said.

“These are very profound milestones and I think will help convince people around the world that electric is the future,” he said on a conference call with journalists.

The new battery extends the range of performance versions of the new Model S well beyond 300 miles (482.8 km), from about 290 miles, Tesla said.

Mr Musk said that in cool weather, a driver could travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles – a nearly 400 mile drive – without recharging.

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“Mr Musk claimed that the new 100-kilowatt hour battery pack means high-end versions of the Model S sedan, called the P100D, will be the world’s fastest accelerating car in production.”

mr musk eh?

“Mr Musk said that in cool weather, a driver could travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles – a nearly 400 mile drive – without recharging.”

and in hot weather?

401

~ by seeker401 on August 26, 2016.

2 Responses to “Elon Musk says new car battery is a milestone”

  1. But how fast can it charge?
    That has always been the biggest problem with electric vehicles. If you can build a battery that can go from near-zero charge to fully-charged in about 10 minutes, then you have replicated the convenience of a gas tank, and the vehicle becomes as useful as a petroleum powered vehicle.
    If this is accomplished, people will move to electric vehicles in droves, bringing the cost down & encouraging others to do so, until electric vehicles are the norm.
    But then you have to decide how you’ll produce all the electricity that will be needed…and as long as we have groups that despise safe nuclear energy production (simply because they have the word “nuclear” attached to them), such as Thorium powered molten salt reactors, you will STILL be burning oil & coal to produce the juice needed for these vehicles. Essentially, nothing will have changed, and things will actually be worse, because every time you go from one form of energy to another (coal to heat, heat to electricity, electricity to stored electricity) you lose energy…more transference means less efficiency.
    I am a believer in electric transportation of all kinds, but the entire energy production chain will have to be logically altered in order to accommodate such a system.

  2. meanwhile his SpaceX rocket blows up..

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