17 May '13, 10pm

Consumer Reports gave a big thumbs-up to the Tesla Model S, but it's still about the battery.

Chuck, good article and good points. The battery chemistry problem is one that will be with us for a long time. It may not be solvable in a device we would recognize as a battery. I like that you brought up the history of this thing as well. I have looked at the old magazines myself, and there are some other ideas that might be necessary to solve this problem. First, though, we have to understand that no new technology will be adopted unless it fills the need and is as convenient as the one it replaces. Think about what that entails when you are planning to replace liquid gasoline. If my car runs out of fuel I can walk to a gas station, fill a gallon container and then walk back and get going again. A can that is light enough to be carried by just about anyone will get me from 10 to 40 miles. The station where I fill that can (or my vehicle) up is relatively low tech. Now ...

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