Can anyone tell me if the new 2170 cells have the same voltage as the 18650? Will these cells be available to purchase in bulk for the DIY industry?
Just as Henry Ford created many, many jobs for the unemployed, for several generations, I believe Elon Miusk can create lots of opportunity for the currently and future unemployed. Future unemplyment will get worse with automation. The battery is the key to solving so many of today's economic, social and infrastructure problems. The Power Wall combined with Solar Roofs is the answer the globe needs. Let me explain...
I want to see Elon mass produce pre-fab'ed stand alone charging stations, complete with solar roof and power wall. Equivalent to a row of gas pumps at your local gas station. Each unit or kit can be shipped and put together anywhere on the planet. Here is a few jobs right here for future installers. Installer teams with a higher paid Lead Electrician to tie each unit into the grid and manage the other workers on each team. Connect a bunch of these kits and power a small business/home/charging station combo. This will create opportunities for would be investors. Creating more employment and driving more "Power Station" sales. Since Tesla will be making money on the production and supply of the power stations, charging could be free for all Tesla owners. And Tesla owners will spend money while they are waiting for their cars to charge for free. This will exponentially build up the charging infrastructure and that infrastructure will be paid for by entrepreneurs and investors, not Tesla!
Tesla will be the one making the initial profit from these Power Stations, creating possibly infinite growth and providing secondary investment opportunities for the multitudes and possibly for several generations to come.
The DIY industry will benefit from these batteries as well. There are many more countless job opportunities for so many more people that hasn't even been thought of yet. A robust ,abundant, affordable and available supply of these batteries is the KEY to fixing the WORLD!