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Battery Factory-Tesla Reveals Its Plan To Build A Massive

Battery Factory-Tesla Reveals Its Plan To Build A Massive | All about batteries | Scoop.it
Tesla revealed its plans for a huge factory to build battery packs.
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Battery factory makes sense

In my opinion it was only going to be a matter of time before the Tesla car company would start to build its own batteries.

The thing that i am not too sure about, is the research and development side of the equation. In the world of electric cars i think that the battery has taken on a new meaning and are indeed an integral part of the whole car design and not just something that you can replace at home if your car battery happens to go flat on  a cold day .

The whole Lithium-Ion battery concept is a completely different animal to the bog standard lead acid battery that we have been used to over the past century and it could be that Tesla will want a greater control over the valuable asset that drives their cars along.

One of my concerns though is that will this affect the"right to repair" laws that are now in place, what happens if the battery breaks down when the cars are second and third hand, will the repair trade have the technology available from Tesla released to them to carry out a repair, as would a battery manufacturer?

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Could These Be The New Truck Batteries-TRADEC Evaluates 6T Li-ion Batteries for Military, Commecial Vehicles - Defense Update

Could These Be The New Truck Batteries-TRADEC Evaluates 6T Li-ion Batteries for Military, Commecial Vehicles - Defense Update | All about batteries | Scoop.it
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TRADEC Evaluates 6T Li-ion Batteries for Military, Commecial Vehicles
Defense Update
Drop-in e6T Li-ion battery Saft, originally developed for military vehicle applications, is now being tested on commercial vehicles.
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Lithium-Ion batteries may shortly be used on regular trucks

There is not a day goes by without a new story that relates to new battery technology. This story is no exception.

Lockheed Martin the defence contractors have chosen French company SAFT, who are great innovators in the battery industry, to configure one of their batteries, the e6T lithium-Ion battery system for use on certain military vehicles above the use of the traditional lead-acid batteries.

The advantages of using Lithium-Ion batteries, is that they are lighter in weight than a lead-acid battery and the same size, thus making the new type of batteries able to fit into the same battery compartments without having to do a re-design. The battery is a 25.5 volt capacity and is able to carry out many modern functions such as charging personal items of electronics that the troops will be using, the likes of GPS devices and night site technologies apart from the normal tasks such as starting and lighting duties. Other attributes for this new battery can be read in this excellent article.

Calstart who are a Worldwide organisation dedicated to implementation of using technology for cleaner transport by reducing our reliance on oil and producing cleaner air, with less CO2 emissions say that if these trials are a success there will no reason why the new batteries will be able to be used on regular trucks, using a 12 volt system. These batteries will last much longer due to a longer life cycle than the lead-acid batteries, whilst giving a greater depth of charge, with a fast re-charges, giving a saving on the fuel costs. One that has not been mentioned is the cost of these batteries; this is what will eventually drive any changes in design and technology forward, and only time will tell.

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lead-acid batteries- How they work

Bill explains the essential principles of a lead-acid battery. He shows the inside of motorcycle lead-acid battery, removes the lead and lead-oxide plates an...
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Lead acid batteries have now been around in their present form for many years.

 It is only in recent times that the lead acid car battery has been overcome by the more modern technology batteries that are now being developed for the modern electric and hybrid car manufacturers, due to the rush for a more environmentally friendly battery products, such as the Lithium-Ion batteries that are now used many car models such as the Nissan leaf and the Toyota Auris hybrids.

In my opinion though, the ever faithful lead acid batteries, that we still use in the millions, will still be around for many years to come. These batteries have been tried and tested and proven for almost a hundred years since their invention in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Planté.

 Nothing much has changed in the past forty years that I have bought and sold batteries. Car batteries have had modifications such as different lead alloys are now used in the manufacture of the plates and the development of battery casings to resist vibrations. Most truck and car batteries are now sealed and maintenance free, so the motorists do not have to top them up any more, but some battery makers have the old fashioned screw tops, so that you can top up the acid that has evaporated.

The big development came when the AGM battery was invented in 1985 for military use and was developed by Concorde batteries for commercial use outside the military. The AGM (absorbed Glass Matting) battery is completely sealed and now used in hundreds of applications, although once again these batteries may be slowly replaced by the Lithium-Ion batteries. I know that some golf trolley batteries are coming out in Lithium-Ion, but at the moment they are very expensive and golfers have a reputation of shall we say, “not putting their hands in their pockets”. The Lithium-Ion batteries were also developed for the military and used on the stealth bombers and they are also used in space flight and on the Mars Lander Craft “Discovery”.

Another recent development of the lead acid battery has been the introduction of “stop Start” technology used on some new models of cars. This was developed by the World’s leading battery company, Johnson Controls. The trade name that they use for these batteries is Varta batteries. What happens is when the car stops the engine is switched off and when the car wants to set off again the accelerator is pressed and the car restarts. The batteries for this job have to be more powerful that the standard lead acid battery and so the AGM battery is used.

In my opinion the lead acid battery will be further developed and used on other applications that have not been invented yet, and will still be a player in the crazy mixes of the development of the modern car, their big advantage is that they are almost 100% recyclable, which is more than can be said about the lithium-Ion batteries.

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