Brilliant, competition in this market is fantastic news. An energy arms race will be a major benefit to the world's energy supplies and the knock on effect on reducing CO2 can only be a positive.
I hope it’s obvious that musk’s game is to get electric mainstream and owning a car company is just a taunt to make other companies invest in electric
one day electricity will be prevalent in a wide range of uses in average people's homes
If we could use these to power ships and large vehicles that would be awesome. The shipping industry creates more pollution than all of the commuter cars on the road. We should stop putting all the responsibility on the consumer to be environmentally conscious and ask companies to start doing the same.
The shipping industry creates more pollution than all of the commuter cars on the road.
Thats only the case for a very specific type of emission; sulfur. Other than that shipping is actually very clean especially considering how much tonnage they transport.
If we could use these to power ships and large vehicles that would be awesome.
This battery pack could power a large container ship like the Emma for 1.5 hours. With weeks of endurance required this won't be viable any time soon. Especially considering this battery pack is already a third of the price of the entire ship. Significantly more expensive than its diesel equivalent.
If Pb-H2SO4 technology has been good enough for cars for the past 100 years, it's definitely good enough for this too.
No. Lead acid batteries that are used in cars last less than 100 full cycles. They are not built for those cycles.
There are batteries that can last more cycles but they are much more expensive and probably not really cheaper than Lithium Ion.
The sweet sweet song of free market capitalism.
People need to stop repeating this myth.
Lithium doesn't actually put much strain on the environment. It's extracted by pumping brine water from the ground in a desert and then directing its output into evaporation ponds, where the lithium salts crystallize.