Tesla Motors�s engineers selected cells from a reputable Fortune 500 battery supplier that has produced billions of safe, reliable, Li-ion batteries. We combined this basic proven cell technology with our own unique battery pack design to provide multiple layers of protection. Our design ensures that should any cell fail catastrophically, adjacent cells do not. This is true regardless of whether or not the battery pack cooling system is running. (The cooling system in the Energy Storage System exists to increase the battery pack�s life -- we don't depend on it for safety.)
We then collaborated with an outside firm known for expertise in lithium ion battery safety to perform hundreds of tests to validate the safety of our design. In these tests, we set out to simulate a worst-case scenario in which a cell develops a serious malfunction. In each test, we set a cell on fire in the middle of a Tesla Motors battery pack (by heating the heck out of it) and observed the results. Our design contained these failures to a single cell, demonstrating that malfunctions wouldn�t spread.
The Battery Safety Monitor, mounted inside the battery pack�s protective enclosure, measures voltage, current, acceleration, tilt, smoke, moisture, and more. Like the controller for an airbag, the Battery Safety Monitor responds to an emergency - in this case by automatically disconnecting the battery pack from the vehicle and shutting down power to the car and to all electric cables in the car.
None of the Tesla Roadster�s high voltage systems are accessible to accidental contact outside their protective enclosures and jacketed cables. Only with special tools can someone gain access to any high-voltage components. Our high-voltage systems are enclosed, labeled, and color-coded with markings that service technicians and emergency responders already understand.
Designing a safe, large lithium ion battery is difficult, but not impossible
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I don't know but Telsa has recently opened a facility in Rochester Hills.
"The Rochester Hills staff will work on what's next after the much-publicized Tesla $90,000 roadster. Right now, it's code-named Project White Star. And while this next all-electric vehicle will not exactly make it affordable for everybody to do the right thing - this one will set you back about $50,000...." http://nanobot.blogspot.com/2007/03/my-interview-with-tesla-motors-ceo.html
At last count, Tesla received orders for a mere 200 cars or so, at a whopping $90,000+ each. I haven't heard that they've actually delivered any vehicles to any customers yet.
So what good does it do to own the rights to a cost-prohibitive technology that generates such a minuscule number of sales? (Heck, even the Saturn Vue Hybrid sells three times as many units in just a month.) For Tesla roadsters to become economically viable, gas would have to rise to at least $6/gal.
Tesla is a green herring, a 21st century DeLorean.
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Might be, might not. This is where the early real-world testing takes place. I'll bet you see them on the race track, too, given the kind of performance they're boasting. Whether the company survives or not is a matter of many things, including luck. But if the engineering is good, you'll see parts of it starting to appear in more mass-market vehicles.
The difference was that DeLorean wasn't doing anything revolutionary, the Tesla is.