Tesla is developing its largest battery to date that offers electric vehicles a range of more than 400 km with a single charge
- Elon Musk said that Tesla is almost able to provide Model S cars with a better battery
- New details show a battery configuration with groups of 108 cells
- The battery would have a 450-volt package with 109 kWh of usable energy capacity
- The design is capable of delivering more than 400 km on a single load
Ees Musk, CEO of Tesla, said last month that the company is fast approaching the possibility to get its Model S cars 400 km with a single charge – and a Tesla hacker has now confirmed the technology.
Jason Hughes shared on Twitter that the company is working on a new battery configuration with groups of 108 cells and ~ 450-volt pack with around 109 kWh of usable energy capacity.
Considered the largest Tesla battery ever, this technology would be powerful enough to offer electric vehicles more than 400 km range with a single charge.
The new reach has been achieved through software improvements and Tesla has updated the range with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, electrek reports.
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Considered the largest Tesla battery ever, this technology would be powerful enough to offer electric vehicles more than 400 km range with a single charge. The new range was achieved through software improvements and the updating of the range by Tesla with the Unites States Environmental Protection Agency
The news about the ~ 110 kWh battery pack was discovered by Jason Hughes, who is known for hacking Tesla to find new updates and features.
“Spent a little time using recent Tesla BMS firmware,” Hughes wrote in a tweet. “Some variables have been adjusted to fit into 108 cell groups (~ 450V package).”
“There is a packID that is beginning to put life at ~ 109 kWh usable (400+ miles).” A few other changes suggest a preparation for new S / X / 3 packconfigs at some point. “
For the perspective, this means that drivers can get reasonably close to driving all the way from New York City to D.C. and then back.
That range would also further substantiate the position of the electric vehicle at the top of the food chain of the range compared to competitors.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, said last month that the company is fast approaching the opportunity to get its Model S cars 400 miles on a single charge – and a Tesla hacker has now confirmed the technology
Although the range will not be a huge leap over the current range of the company – current models are advertised with a maximum distance of 373 miles on one charge – the claim that it will soon reach 400 marks, a sign of Musk’s confidence that Tesla will continue to improve battery technology.
Engadget reported in January that Tesla has decided to work on its current cell technology and plans to release new technology and larger batteries later this year.
The news about the ~ 110 kWh battery pack was discovered by Jason Hughes, who is known for hacking Tesla to find new updates and features (photo)
The comments from Musk and his assurance that Tesla’s Model S will soon expand its range seem to reinforce the credibility of reports last year suggesting that the company has been working on developing its own battery technology.
According to a report from CNBC, which interviewed several former and current employees of the automaker, the company is actively developing its own battery cells with which Tesla can break ties with the current provider, Panasonic.
Tesla’s experiments, reportedly taking place in a secret laboratory next to the Fremont, California plant, would be a blessing to the company whose electric cars rely on sustainable and advanced battery technology.
CNBC reports that the company is concentrating its efforts on making lithium-ion batteries with the aim of ultimately producing them in large volumes.
If successful, Tesla’s battery development would extend a company’s strategy to keep most of its major manufacturing processes in-house.