What does a Model S Battery Look Like?

What does a Model S Battery Look Like?

I read in the undocumented Tesla Model S specifications page about the basic Tesla Model S cell, 7000 of which compose the core for both the 60 and 85 kWh versions of the Model S. Curious, I bought one off of Amazon and took a picture of it in my hand. Of course, it probably doesn't look exactly like the one I purchased, but it's the same form factor. Isn't it amazing that one of these multiplied by 7000 can provide the energy to drive a 4600 lb car?

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rloehler | 11 January, 2013

If someone knows how to post a photo, I'll upload it.

rloehler | 11 January, 2013
Chuck Lusin | 11 January, 2013

You can see how the battery is created in the National Geographic Megafactories video, where the robots are assembling the single cells together, but the whole battery is proprietary to Tesla. Here is a link to the TMC thread:

olanmills | 11 January, 2013

Yes, they mention in that video that the way Tesla arranges the cells in the pack is innovative and considered a trade secret by Tesla, so we're not really going to see the inside of one any time soon.

rloehler | 11 January, 2013

Perhaps will do a "teardown" a la the iPhone?

rloehler | 11 January, 2013

Interestingly, I weighed the cell and it weighs 1.5 ozs. If you multiply this by 7000, you get about 650 lbs, which is likely the total weight of the 60/85 kWh battery, less supporting materials, cooling hardware. and enclosure, of course.

mcptwo | 11 January, 2013

It is my understanding that there are 8600 lithium-ion batteries in an 85Kw battery pack. Although Panasonic is a Japanese company the batteries are actually made in China. I have a "Cree" flashlight that uses one of these and produces 1000 Lumens. The battery is 2.5" x 0.75" dia. Mine is an Ultrafire BRC 18650 4000mAh, 3,7 V Li-ion battery. In large quantity these can be bought for about $1.50 each.

Kleist | 11 January, 2013

Don't trust the label. The Ultrafire website states that the company never made a battery larger then 3000 mAh. There are lots of fakes out there... lately I saw a test of an "5000mAh Ultrafire" and the actual measured capacity was a little over 1000mAh - $1.50 for that battery is a rip off.

Timo | 12 January, 2013

@mcptwo, around 8000 gives you 90kWh. 8600 would be overkill extra capacity.

Brian H | 12 January, 2013
Brian H | 12 January, 2013

Standard HTML doesn't work on Dropbox. Put it up on imageshack or Photobucket, or even Flickr.
One more try:

Brian H | 12 January, 2013

Used the Download, then address bar URL, and specified height and width, using "img" HTML.

danej | 18 July, 2013

Curious that we still haven't seen a picture of the inside of a Tesla Model S battery pack. Wrecked Exotics only has Roadster photos, not even a Model S section yet (congratulations, safe drivers!)

I half wonder if Tesla has some sort of Ranger shock team that arrives ten minutes after a wreck and covers proprietary peeled-open battery packs with yellow tarps to prevent prying eyes.


tobi_ger | 18 July, 2013

You mean like "CSI:Tesla" (car safety investigation)? :)

Brian H | 18 July, 2013

Maybe no packs have ever "peeled open".

Robert22 | 18 July, 2013

Tesla HQ sends out a battery self-distruct code when the accelerometer senses a crash.

Good morning Mr. Phelps....

cybrown | 19 July, 2013

There are pictures in this thread at teslamotorsclub:

moorelin | 19 July, 2013


Fisker actually did this when a Karma ignited a house in Houston: