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Tesla CTO Presentation In Southern California

On October 10, Tesla CTO & co-founder JB Straubel gave a presentation at the Southern California Energy Summit. Unfortunately, I wasn’t at that one, but JB’s presentation was posted online, so I decided to pull out some interesting slides. For Tesla fanatics, I’m not sure if anything will be new for you (perhaps the quote at the end?), but it’s still fun stuff to see. I’m adding some commentary in the captions, but there’s generally not much more to add than is on the slides.

EV Battery History

Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find an electric car that doesn’t use lithium-ion batteries. However, 20 years ago, no one was using them, and low-performance lead-acid batteries were the norm.

first lithium ion EV power train

Tesla Motors actually built the first lithium-ion EV powertrain.

Performance Electric Cars

With the Tesla Roadster, Tesla created the first true electric vehicle of desire.

batteries high energy density

Tesla then followed up by building an electric vehicle from the ground up, with a strong focus on energy storage packaging and cost. Again, the high energy density of lithium-ion batteries (from Panasonic) was key.

electronics and software tesla

But one of the biggest innovations from Tesla is how it has turned cars into yet another modern technology with improvements almost continuously made via over-the-air updates. The software advantage is a core focus of Tesla and is staggering. It is redefining what a “good car” should have… but it is the only company offering this new ingredient.

Model S Best Car In The World

The result: perhaps the best mass-manufactured car in history. I think it is.

Model X

And next on tap looks at least as special.

battery energy density doubling

JB notes that lithium-ion battery energy density has doubled in 10 years, and he projects that trend to continue. That’s a big deal. This is the essence of modern electric cars.

EV price stability

When you look at how the electricity price trend (and stability) compares to the gasoline price trend (and volatility), things get really interesting. This slide gives me butterflies.

Tesla Superchargers US

And then there are the Superchargers, which offer Tesla owners super-fast, free charging when they are away from home and on a long trip. No other electric car companies compares with what it is offering.

Tesla Superchargers Europe

Europe’s Tesla Supercharger network got started a bit later, but it is really starting to fill in as well.

Energy Storage Products

Aside from its electric vehicles, Tesla now has three energy storage products on the market, most recently adding residential and commercial energy storage systems.

solar power needed for US EV charging

By the way, if you ever get someone questioning the electricity needs of electric vehicles, you can show them this picture, which has a little blue rectangle showing how much solar would theoretically be needed to offset all US passenger vehicle miles driven if they were driven by electric vehicles.

Saudi Arabia oil sheik quote

And this quote is precious. Seriously, where and when did this come out!

For more, here’s the full presentation.

Written By

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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