Posts Tagged ‘lithium ion’

I love Tesla. The car. The company. What they’re trying to do.  Everything.

And as you can see from my last post, even the idea that someone will invent much, much better energy storage (battery).

Why can’t that be Tesla?

Maybe it will be.  But I think they’re off to a rough start.

They announced their giant “GigaFactory” yesterday.  From Forbes:

      Tesla Motors is looking at building a lithium-ion battery factory that will likely be the biggest in the world, said CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday.

     “This will be a giant facility. We are talking about something that is comparable to all of the lithium-ion battery production in the world — in one factory,” Musk said during a conference call with analysts to discuss the third-quarter earnings. “It’s big.”

Here are the two problems I see:

I was hoping for something more revolutionary, not evolutionary.  I love economy of scales and all, but this really does seem like Elon is taking a brute-force method.

And, there already is an environmental problem with lithium-ion batteries… yet, not a single news source mentioned — even once — that we may be doubling the problem with this announcement.

I don’t want to get all tree-hugger on anyone, I just think someone in the media could have at least asked that question… since it is a problem now… and now appears it’s only going to get worse.

As I said, in the quest to find the energy storage, we have to do it in such a way that we don’t end up killing ourselves in the process.