30 Dec '11, 11pm

Plug-in Vehicles Proliferate in 2012 #EV

The electric RAV4 design that Toyota and Tesla have worked out will have a similar range but much better acceleration and top speed. That's because it will incorporate Tesla-made drivetrains, including the same kind of battery modules found in the Roadster and the Model S. These modules are unique among electric cars in that they contain thousands of thumb-size lithium-ion cells—the kind you might find inside your laptop. Although other car manufacturers are now also using lithium‑ion batteries to power their plug‑in vehicles, they construct battery packs using a smaller number of large-­format cells. The Leaf's 24-kWh battery, for example, is composed of 192 cells. And the electric version of the Ford Focus, which debuts this year, uses a 23-kWh pack of just 98 cells. Toyota's decision to use Tesla's many-thousand-cell battery modules for its electric RAV4 is a puzzle. To...

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