Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Is a big EV battery pack inefficient?

t-battery-packeditors-blog-entry3My previous entry, in which I argue that the extra range of the Tesla Model S, in particular that of the Model S with the 85 kWh battery pack, is its single most important advantage, has sparked some interesting conversation on Facebook.

Not surprisingly, a couple of folks have correctly suggested that not everyone needs 200+ miles of EV range and that, furthermore, the 70 or so miles a LEAF can consistently get you (some folks have indicated to me that the LEAF barely squeaks out 50 miles of range when driven in cold conditions), is perfectly okay for them.

http://solarchargeddriving.com/editors-blog/on-evs-a-phevs/1136-is-a-b