With just about every automaker announcing an EV offensive, the race is on to find a battery breakthrough. Never mind wringing a few more mpg from ICE cars. That’s a noble endeavor, but it’s so yesterday.
The new automotive frontier is battery range, battery charge cycles, battery charge time, battery energy density. Even Toyota, which poo-pooed EVs with a hand wave in 2013, has taken up a new hobby of staring intently at lithium ions as they charge and discharge, to better understand degradation.
That qualifies as pretty dramatic about-face, wouldn’t you say? And you know everyone else is doing similar battery tear-downs. It’s time to find out just what makes batteries tick, and then make them tick better. The good ol’ battery is about to have a renaissance. Terrific!
Ah, but this is happening under extreme duress. It’s as if a new strain of influenza has triggered alarms from the WHO and forced every labcoat warrior into the trenches. There’s not a moment to spare. This Tesla virus must be contained. If it’s allowed to spread unchecked, it will make Big Auto look like a bunch of possum’s peckers, and that ain’t pretty.