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Can this be the next BIG announcement for Tesla?

Can this be the next BIG announcement for Tesla?

Flaninacupboard | April 12, 2013

No. This is many years away from a mass produced reliability/suitability tested automotive grade product.

Brian H | April 12, 2013

No.

rlarno | April 12, 2013

I wonder if the 'many' years away will shorten due to the ever more lucrative market for new energy storage tech. For it seems that R&D has vastly increased in this area, mainly due to consumer electronics (Laptops, MP3 players, Phones, Tablets) and now also because of EVs and renewable energy storage.

Universities often create spin-off companies to productize their research, and in a global climate craving for better energy storage, you'd better bring your tech to the market fast, or you will be passed by newer technology.

Flaninacupboard | April 12, 2013

You have to design the machine, to make the product, to go in your application. Tesla are specifically -not- at the cutting edge of battery -cells-, they are instead trusting a well understood and mature cell type, of which more than 2,000,000,000 are produced every year. Tesla cannot hope to best the R&D budget or facilities, never mind the manufacturing capability, of a company like panasonic. Maybe when they have a full lineup of cars, and are selling millions of units worldwide year-on-year. Until then I don't expect to see them making any cells themselves.