In a rather good piece about Tesla's JB Straubel consultant Gopal Duleep questioned Telsa's expensive battery layout and suggested that whist it made things safer it was too costly. I was astounded that his throw away comment insinuated that he thought a cheaper, more dangerous, layout would be better.
What would you rather have? A rock solid, but pricey, battery from Tesla that didn't catch fire, or a cheaper Model S that would put your life in danger and after a few fires eventually ruin the company?
Tesla’s battery uses thousands of small cells, unlike those in competing plug-in models that are designed using hundreds of larger lithium-ion cells. The company’s approach has been criticized as too expensive and complex.
“It’s a high-cost model and doesn’t easily lend itself to a lower-cost vehicle,” said K. Gopal Duleep, president of HD Systems Inc., a Washington-based consulting firm. “There are things with regard to safety it’s probably good for, but it’s just too high-cost.”