Battery experts say Tesla battery chemistry is volatile and dangerous!

Battery experts say Tesla battery chemistry is volatile and dangerous!

These were already contacted by various media, they all say one thing:

Battery scientists think Tesla made a huge gamble/error by using NCA based chemistry, what is NCA?
They also said that there will be more fiery fires coming, especially when Tesla get old (>3y old)
We jyst eed someone to die/ or call 911 for Tesla to agree to recall these babies!!!

Shall I believe all the cr*p? ot Tesla is indeed very very safe? but the fire is scary!

JaredBanyard | 28. Oktober 2013

Don't worry fbigley7, we will get you through this.

ian | 28. Oktober 2013

Roasters seem to be doing just fine. They've been around for more than 3 years.

Captain_Zap | 28. Oktober 2013

I bet it would be difficult to a Tesla owner that is concerned. There are plenty of Tesla owners that are very sharp cookies. Not only are they comfortable with the car and the science behind it, they are also comfortable with recommending the car and driving their loved ones around in one.

The only ones that are concerned are the alarmist media, the competition and TSLA shorts. I doubt that their concern is authentic or sincere.

negarholger | 28. Oktober 2013

@fbigley7 - if you are afraid of fire never even come close to an ICE... some twenty years ago a car in front of me burst into flames without an accident - within seconds the car was a fireball and a family of five perished. Two and a half years ago the family of a coworker had the same fate after what was decribed as a minor accident.
Whenever you concentrate a large amount of energy in a small space it will never be absolutely safe... use compressed air in a cylinder to propel your vehicle - but if the container cracks in an accident it will go and you will become a smear on the headliner.
I am more impressed how much time the occupants had to get out safely of the car.

Miggy | 29. Oktober 2013

fbigley7 did you forget to take your meds.

Timo | 29. Oktober 2013

Captain_Zap +1.

It takes huge accident to cause a fire, and even if that happens, it is still a lot less dramatic than gas fires. Tesla battery is modular with several firewalls and safety electronics to deal with failures in individual modules if they happen. Batteries don't just burst into flames on their own otherwise you would see laptops, phones, powertools etc. etc. bursting into flames just by themselves every day in news.

carolinagobo | 29. Oktober 2013

Yes they are right, this fire was spontaneous not accident involve.

Roamer@AZ USA | 29. Oktober 2013

My daughter crashed her Lexus ct200h (hybrid), airbags went off. She was clobbered twice. She was sitting in the car dazed and a EMT, who happened by, was talking to her and keeping her from moving in case of a neck injury. No rush no panic. After a few minutes she smelled burning and the EMT decided to support her neck and move her from the car.

By the time fire and rescue arrived she was 50 feet from the car and the car was engulfed in flames. Thanks to all who stopped and carried her to safety while the EMT supported her neck.

The point is that she had plenty of time to be safely removed before the batteries shorted and started to burn.

Lucky none of the crash damage was in the gas tank area or she may not have had time to get out of the car.

Spent a few days in the hospital and a full recovery. Car was a total loss.

frmercado | 29. Oktober 2013

Source please? Who is saying this? Which battery expert(s)?

Webcrawler | 29. Oktober 2013

Most so called "Battery Experts" know virtually Nothing about Li batteries....

Brian H | 29. Oktober 2013

cberman referred to a gas car fire, as far as I can tell. The burning BMW looked like an ICE; it was not an i3.

Homebrook | 30. Oktober 2013

NCA Chemistry? Nickle, Cobalt, Aluminum Oxide.
I found this article to be informative regarding Lithium Ion battery safety. It includes a discussion on the safety features employed to "manage the consequences of heat and gas generation", A General Discussion of Li Ion Battery Safety.

carlgo | 30. Oktober 2013

Now THIS is dangerous. Somewhere I have an old Popular Science where these are illustrations of atomic powered cars of the future (the future being maybe the 1980s or so). They would be almost 30 feet long and would have their own super duper freeway network supporting 200 mph speeds.

Krazy Curtis LeMay proposed atomic bombers that would stay aloft forever so they couldn't be destroyed in a preempted attack. One of his two or three airfields was supposed to be down the road at Ft. Hunter Liggit. The way crashes would be handled was that there would be a pit and lead-shielded tanks with bulldozer blades. The plane would be shoved into the pit and buried.

Presumably there would be pits along the Super Freeway, along with lead-shielded AAA tow trucks for nuke cars and trucks.

What about contaminated roads you ask. Well, at 200 mph you would pass over the bad spots almost instantly thus limiting your exposure.

Batteries are nothing!

BTW, atomic jet engines were developed and tested. The lead shielding for the crew was very heavy and life under the flight path could be interesting (and short).

alcassfast | 30. Oktober 2013

@gonskiian... "Roasters"!

Freudian slip?

blue adept | 31. Oktober 2013

All of the computer laptop, netbook, iPads, etc., etc., manufacturers aren't going to like hearing this.

Timo | 01. November 2013


Hee, hee. I needed to read that like five times before my brain realized that it isn't RoaDster. Shows how much your brain "corrects" things and you read what context tells you ignoring typos.

Brian H | 01. November 2013

None have flied in Roasters, but many have roasted in flyers.

ian | 03. November 2013

Haha! I missed that one! Yes, Freud's spirit has taken over my mobile device! ;-)