Daimler AG is one of three automobile manufacturers who are looking to the testing of Lithium batteries made by Tesla Motors in order to make powering electric cars more affordable. Currently, EVs make use of bigger batteries designed specifically for automotive use. Tesla’s battery, on the other hand, is based on laptop battery technology that is considered to be much cheaper.
The battery in question, which is pictured above, is a pack composed of 6,831 cells [a common netbook has a 6-cell battery], manufactured by Tesla and used in the Roadster. The battery is good for around 245 miles out of every full charge.
Analysts are pegging the laptop-based technology to be the key to making electric vehicles practically cheaper to manufacture compared to standard gasoline vehicles. As we all know, reduced production costs will allow manufacturers to sell their cars at lower retail prices. For comparison, producing the larger vehicle batteries cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $700-$800 for every kilowatt hour, while the laptop-based battery can cost a mere $200.
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has already been pushing for government-issued incentives in order to entice consumers. The implementation of this laptop-derived automotive battery will only make the adoption of electric vehicles and hybrids more cost-efficient for everyone involved.
The other automakers looking to test this battery technology are Toyota and BMW.