Submitted by max19 on November 19, 2012
Have been a petrol head for so many years, I never think about EV, until my friend showed me The Model S last month. I want to order a Tesla Model s to go green, however I got a few questions in mind. Please help me, thanks.
1. Why does Model S has so many battery cells? 7000 is not a small number, as BYD has got only 96 cells and Nissan Leaf has got 140 cells. I understand that they use different kind of Li-ion battery, but are there any reason or benefit for that? More stable or what. Because it seems that more cells, the probability of cells go wrong would be greater. If 1 or a few of those 7000 batteries screwed up, can I still drive it?
2. Model S uses LiNiCoAlO2 as battery cathode material, which is poisonous and harmful to our environment, can it be recycled?
Thanks very much.