SmartPlanet takes a peek inside Tesla Motors' R&D lab and talks to CTO JB Straubel about the evolution of the electric vehicle and the technology behind the company's lithium ion battery pack.
Inside Tesla's 1,000-pound battery pack
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SmartPlanet takes a peek inside Tesla Motors' R&D lab and talks to CTO JB Straubel about the evolution of the electric vehicle and the technology beh...
Feb 22, 2011
Electric cars are OK, but are they still using petroleum oil for those parts that need to be lubricated? To be completely free of using petroleum based lubricants, these companies need to switch to a synthetic. AMSOIL was the first to develop a SAE rated 10W-40 fully synthetic motor oil, with a 25,000 miles or 1 year drain interval. Think how much we could reduce are dependence on foreign oil, if we could get 30% of the people to start using synthetic oil. It would also reduce the amount of oil that needs to be recycled. AMSOIL.com. code 166252.
It's curious that cylindrical batteries are used by Tesla. I think Apple decided to make it's battery packs in a rectangular shape to waste less space. Additionally, there is probably less overall mass because each battery is packaged more efficiently.
Cool video, but one nit to pick. Nissan's "Altra" was Lithium Ion powered back in 1998. I don't think it was ever offered widely for lease or sale. AC Propulsion also converted one of their tZero prototypes to Lithium Ion in 2003. Neither of these cars were as refined or as successful as the Tesla roadster, but it's not correct to say that Tesla was the first to use Li+ in an EV.