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New batteries could make electric cars last twice as long

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by Patrick W, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Patrick W

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    Well, it's a good start that they don't have to operate the cells at 80C anymore. Still, I wonder if they got the power density of these their cells up to a useful level yet.
     
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    Quote. Battery companies with new material innovations often develop new manufacturing processes around new materials, which are not practical and sometimes not scalable. "But we were forced to use materials that can be implemented into the existing manufacturing line" SolidEnergy founder Hu says.

    Will Elon Musk notice? Might be something for the Nevada plant...
     
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    Half-a-Giga factory....
     
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    As the world leader in battery testing expertise, I do not doubt that Musk, et. al. , have seen, bought, and tested these months ago, if they were any kind of a viable, scalable, workable, affordable battery that would run an electric car and charge quickly, withstand vibration, heat, cold, etc. If they are able to meet Tesla's requirements, they are testing them still. Tesla is not stuck on one type of battery, but on what works best.
     
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    Elon has said many times, and as recently as the 2016 shareholders meeting, that (paraphrasing here so no quote marks): For years now Tesla has asked designers of new battery cells that make claims of some kind of great advance in the technology to send us a working cell so we can test it. We have received just two new cell designs, we tested them and they did not live up to their claims. More than 90% of what you read in the popular press about wonderful new revolutionary battery designs is not true.
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    Battery design tends to advance incrementally. It rarely advances dramatically, and many new designs that are promising in the lab turn out to be unusable in real life and cannot be scaled up for mass production.
     

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