Tesla is about to break the world record with its newest development, the Tesla Roadster – the quickest production car ever built. To beat the world record, it requires a charging system that is ten times more powerful than Tesla’s current superchargers.
Naturally there are concerns regarding its feasibility. How would a battery, twice as powerful as the largest available battery in an electric car today, squeeze into its tiny frame?
This promise might not come to fruition, given that it rides on advancements in battery technology. Tesla might be the innovator in electric cars, but they are also notorious for illusions of grandeur.
The Newest Claim:
Tesla says that Roadster will go from zero to 60 in 1.9 seconds. But that’s not all: Tesla also claims that they will have a battery range of 620 miles on a single charge – around twice as long as their leading class models. The Roadster is also much smaller than both. To accommodate a large battery on a small frame, there are theories on its construction.
The battery pack might be double-stacked beneath the Roadster’s floor. Not only is this dangerous, it’s a sloppy solution for faulty logistics.
Tesla’s Most Outlandish Battery Claims:
A Truck that will haul 80,000 pounds for 500 miles:
Large trucks are the most difficult to electrify. To make this feasible, it would mean that the battery capacity would have to be 600-kilowatt hours to 1,000-kilowatt hours. This means that a battery would have to weigh over 10,000 pounds and cost more than $100,000.
Low charging costs:
Tesla is set to guarantee consumers that they can pay as low as seven cents per kilowatt-hour. This means that some truck drivers could save more than $30,000 a year in fuel. This would be possible by having large battery packs at charging stations, as well as the incorporation of solar power.
Tesla believes that low maintenance fees are offset by higher upfront costs.
However, while this sounds promising (it’s definitely an easy sell), it’s not exactly practical. In fact, it might not be possible. The economics of Tesla’s plans will vary greatly depending on location.
Tesla’s cars require fixes:
Tesla has a history of creating vehicles quickly and repairing them later. Their luxury cars regularly need to be fixed before they leave the factory. Regular checks revealed defects in 90 per cent of Model S and Model X vehicles post-assembly. This pales in comparison to other manufacturers like Toyota, which only requires fixes on less than 10 per cent of vehicles after assembly.
Tesla owners have complained about poor seals on vehicles which allow rainwater to accumulate in back seats and trunks. Additional complaints about rattling noises speak to Tesla’s vehicle structures. Regular snags are expected, but major issues well into a car’s launch are indicators of a troubling future.
Tesla is currently launching various pre-release features and models, which are pointing to their commitments to surpass competitors and push battery technology past limits.