Key words: Laboratory, discovery, could... This is one of many, many frequent "discoveries" or "breakthroughs" that are posted here on an ongoing basis. It seems at least once a month, some lab screams that they have a breakthrough. Tesla is not opposed to battery tech improvements, but not a single entity claiming to have something they just discovered has been able to present Tesla with any working prototypes that can be replicated to back up the claims.
So to answer your question, range of the MS could be higher. The catch is that chances of this discovery proving to be the one that Tesla adopts for their next gen batteries are very, very slim.
OTOH, it also shows that we are nowhere close to max tech when it comes to batteries, every month or so a "breakthrough" is made (read, a scientific paper is made, and media picks it up like it is something extraordinary), and eventually some combo of those breakthroughs end up as new battery design.
Not just the media; the scientists have their eyes on the prize, too, amd often refer to (desired) investment.
Sorry guys... I know that every week or so "some" kind of news about "some" battery breakthroughs come out, however I got a little bit excited because this news came from the Pacific NorthWest Laboratory (PNNL) which is part of the US Dept of Energy. Many so called breakthroughs have come from private labs or universities meaning that these Breakthroughs would be patented and subsequently would contribute to a higher cost if a company like Tesla were to use them in its batteries. Since PNNL is part of the DOE I was thinking that cost of access to such research would be nominal therefore easier for EV companies to use in their cars...a benefit to the end consumer.
All these frequent news about breakthroughs in battery capacity are exciting news to me. Because it tells me that lots of effort and research are dedicated to this topic. So it is just a matter of time before we have a significant improvment in range for EV. Bringing these discoveries to market take many years but within a 10 years timeframe I expect to drive my "1000km (620 miles) per charge" 2015 Tesla Model X , equpped with the new 2025 battery package.
And a speed-limited drive train to handle all that excess horsepower. \;p
I fully agree with speed limitation. With that much "energy" in the battery, speed limitation is required because the issue is mainly range and reliability, not speed.
Speed limitation is required because people wouldn't appreciate braking the sound barrier at the ground level at the middle of the city. :-P
breaking the sound barrier. Not braking. Darnit. This time this was genuine typo (I seem to make those unusually lot today).
I think we all can agree that as long as there are research scientists battery technology will improve.