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Old 12-22-2017, 07:58 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Hersbird View Post
But the battery is really has a poor amount of energy storage compared to the weight. A Tesla battery weighs what, 1200 pounds? That's 150 gallons of gas or on the other side a Tesla's 300 mile range would only require 8 gallons of gas or 65 pounds of fuel in a under 30 pound container, under 100 pounds total. That's what makes a great mobile source of energy, lots of energy in a light weight.
True, but the upside is that the combined weight of motor, wires and control electronics is way less than the engine, radiators, exhaust, gearbox etc. that a conventional truck needs. The heavy battery outweighs that advantage, but it does make a dent in it.

Come improvements in battery chemistry and cost like the solid state batteries that Toyota and Panasonic expect to start shipping around 2020, the balance will shift more and more in favor of electric cars.
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