After the $50 million stake bought by Toyota in Tesla, we heard today that Tesla is developing battery powered test versions, with a price target of $40.000 and a 150 miles range (240 km).
The rumours, not confirmed by Tesla, say that it could be a RAV4 and/or an RX.
Tesla uses small battery cells, the same as laptops’s, which are good in terms of cost, but not optimum in terms of weight.
Therefore, Panasonic, (which has a joint venture with Toyota) specialised in Ni-MH and Lithium Ion battery packs could enter the game to improve Tesla’s batteries. That’s interesting! To be continued…
Source: Toyota / Tesla