When Tesla first hit the market, everyone sort of laughed that they were building an electric car off of a bunch of laptop batteries. Wasn’t there something better for them to use? As it turns out, not really. And there are a few reasons why we’re still stuck in that lithium-ion technology.
When you’re the only Tesla owner in your entire city, in your entire region, things can get strange. For instance, your regional utility can end up building a charging station just for you alone.
This is the battery pack for Mercedes' plug-in hybrid prototype from 1982. It weighs 1,322 pounds and it practically takes up a whole station wagon.