Electric cars on campus!

Electric cars on campus!


Mr. Henrique Muller: I’ve had the car since March 2014. And what Tesla did was unlike anyone else. He did the technology by adding many, many small batteries… actually, they are readily available 18650 laptop batteries. They are made by Panasonic currently but in the future they will be built in the United States at the new Giga Factory. By doing many small batteries, he was able to get much more range out of the car. And depending where your foot is it goes from super car to eco car. The mileage is quite amazing. It is equivalent to about 90 miles per gallon. If you just drive around town, you could get 110mpg. So there are 7,104 batteries that are located in the chassis of the car. That leaves a lot of room inside the car for people and their equipment. There is no engine up front or anywhere else, it’s just wide open. …the electric motor is currently located behind the wheels. The new cars have a D version which is a dual motor design that takes up some room up front. You still have a lot of room with this model. There is a supercharger network that allows you to do long distance travel. This is good because what good is an electric car that you can’t travel with. So they came up with this recharging network. He built infrastructure… So you can charge your car as you go and the car maps it out for you. Just put in the destination and it calculates the stop and how long it will take to charge. What we do as owners is that we try to time our lunch or dinner when the cars charging. It makes it efficient because we are eating while the car is eating electrons… so it makes sense how he did it.

Author: Kevin Mason

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