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JB Straubel (Tesla CTO) Talks About Disruptive Shift To Lithium-Ion Batteries, + More

Earlier this year, Tesla Motors CTO JB Straubel gave a presentation at the THINK 15 conference. I recently caught word of a video of his presentation and checked it out. It’s a good one (of course), so here it is for your own enjoyment, followed by some of my own notes:

I love how JB explained the disruptive shift to lithium-ion batteries in the presentation. It is a point he typically makes, but he lays it out very well here how the major auto manufacturers had “given up” on electric vehicles and didn’t really notice or pay attention to this leap in battery technology. It took Tesla and its Roadster to make them notice that lithium-ion batteries offered a big jump in the convenience and practicality of affordable electric cars.

For those of you who haven’t been following Tesla for ages, he also explains a big part of why Tesla entered the market with the Tesla Roadster.

JB also highlighted how its focus on a touchscreen for the user interface and a culture of software allows Tesla to continuously update the care like your smartphone or tablet is continuously updated. He is a bit surprised that Tesla is still essentially the only car company doing this. He talks a lot more about this software culture and how conventional automakers just don’t get it, and why. It’s very interesting.

JB also detailed the launch and early development of Tesla’s Supercharger network a bit. And he delved into the history and massive shift in the battery market.

There’s much, much more in the video, so I encourage you to give it a watch/listen.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.


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