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Why Electric Cars Are Safer
9/9/2013

Tesla Model S's lithium-ion batteries are placed low in the vehicle, dropping its center of gravity. 
(Source: Design News)
Tesla Model Sís lithium-ion batteries are placed low in the vehicle, dropping its center of gravity. (Source: Design News)

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Caleb Kraft
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electric is the future.
Caleb Kraft   9/9/2013 1:44:53 PM
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It is always so frustrating to hear people saying that electric will never displace petrolium fuelled vehicles. The latest batch is just a taste of what is to come. Safer, faster, more stable, and quieter.

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rick merritt   9/9/2013 2:22:54 PM
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Kudos to Tesla for the saftey achievements. Gold star for doing that in a car packing so much lithium ion.

But the big kahuna is finding a way to get the weight and price down.

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Caleb Kraft   9/9/2013 2:28:07 PM
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Absolutely true. It will just take a little time. 

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rick merritt   9/9/2013 2:36:32 PM
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...or a new battery tech. I think a lot of money is exploring alternative chemistries.

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@Rick: Why Electric Cars Are Safer
docdivakar   9/9/2013 3:41:02 PM
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@Rick: now that I see the way Model-S mounts its batteries, I have to wonder how the idea of a battery switch station would work in this case? Could this have been one of the points of contention between Tesla and the now defunct Better Place?

MP Divakar

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Duane Benson   9/9/2013 4:14:42 PM
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Divakar - I've seen a video of the battery replacement process. It drops down. Tesla released a video showing the process being done in about 60 seconds. It's pretty impressive. I would have to imagine that in a real-world setting, it would take longer, but even at two or three times, it would still be very quick.

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Caleb Kraft   9/9/2013 4:56:44 PM
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Here's that video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlaQuKk9bFg

 

pretty freaking cool!

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Patk0317   9/9/2013 4:59:05 PM
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I have a FORD Escape Hybrid. It is also safer than the combustion engine version. One reason is that the weight of the batteries significantly lowers the center of gravity. I can drive steep mountain roads in say Yosemite with better traction and "feel" for the road.

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Caleb Kraft   9/9/2013 5:08:56 PM
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absolutely true. Plus higher torque at lower RPM.

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LarryM99   9/9/2013 5:15:22 PM
It's nice to get a different connection between 'lithium ion' and 'safety'. Between fiery laptops, cellphones, and Boeing planes it was starting to feel like batteries would be classified as WMDs. At some point people might wonder about those crazy 20th-century drivers that carried a tankful of explosives in every car. It doesn't bode well for car-chase scenes in future action movies, though...

 

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