An end to ‘range anxiety’?
When Tesla rolled out its financing product a few weeks ago, it became clear the company was going to wind up with more than a few 3-year-old cars from customers hoping to upgrade to improved models. But some of the old ones might be high enough on mileage that they’d require a refreshed battery pack before they could be resold. Speculation arose as to whether they might get whatever improvements became available between now and then. Musk hinted that might be possible not only on trade-ins but for all owners.
He suggested a 500-mile battery — nearly twice as good as the best they can offer today — could be available at about the 4-5 year mark in the life of Model S, which launched last year. “That’s about the point at which you’d see a significant change and it would allow us in the same volume and weight to put in a lot more range. ” So that would be 2016 or 2017. And when asked whether current owners could possibly purchase it replied, “ I think that’s a pretty good likelihood, yeah.”
1,000-Mile Electric Car
An Israeli-based tech company announced last month it has developed an electric vehicle that can travel 1,000 miles on a single charge. The vehicle is “fueled” by a lithium-ion battery and an aluminum-air energy system that uses the energy released by the reaction of aluminum with oxygen to generate power. And because the system is mechanically reloaded, charge times are quite fast.
The company behind this technology, Phinergy, claims it will have production volumes ready in 2017.
By the way, now I think that Aluminum-air system is just a tease because it is no where as convenient and practical as current tried and true Tesla Supercharge battery model. Tam.