The idea of electric cars always seemed too good to be true, and some people have tried to challenge the idea of zero emissions and all things that go with electric mobility by designing dangerous, unstable, and, in some instances, dangerous to a person’s health concept cars. We’ve seen video after video of fairly deadly off-road electric cars, and one of the biggest criticisms that Tesla has faced from many critics is that it’s been too slow to make its cars safer. What if Tesla could shake up this whole electric car energy industry with its patented “energy cells” and better battery technology?
Tesla has earned itself a lot of admirers due to its intuitive, elegant, and futuristic vision for the electric car. When it comes to its new but too-known “energy cells”, which combines the heat-harvesting features that create the efficiency of an electrified car to the mechanical features that help add longevity to a battery, Tesla could potentially be one of the big innovators of its time. Powerhouse executive and Tesla board member Jon Benton discussed how this new technology could definitely shake up the electric car industry.
From Jon Benton:
Over the last five years, we’ve decided to increase the power and efficiency of lithium-ion batteries. We’ve just announced that we’re going to add a thermal processing loop to our engines and hybrid systems to increase the thermal efficiency of lithium-ion batteries. And the idea is that we’ll fit these energy cells in Tesla battery packs, they will have kind of the same cells as any other metal thermal cell and then we’ll turn the heat back onto the battery cells. That increase in thermal efficiency…is actually pretty significant in comparison to the conventional batteries that people are using today, and it may even enable the improvement in energy density of our battery packs to be a substantial improvement.
With more efficient, cold-compartment batteries, the company’s all-new Model Y SUV is being presented as a significantly more efficient car than it has ever been before.
The company’s existing electric cars have one thing in common, regardless of their battery technology. They are both rated to provide at least 295 miles on a single charge. The Model 3, which costs $35,000, gets 129 miles on a charge. The Model S and Model X get over 400 miles between charges. In the company’s own words, they are a long way away from batteries that can provide enough power to be more than an occasional car.