The electric drive is the future!

The electric drive is the future – because electricity is renewable! The use of renewable energy in the construction of the electric car reduces the CO2 backpack significantly. The noise pollution in our cities would fall dramatically. Anyone who has ever lived on a major road knows how stressful and ultimately pathogen is traffic noise….

The remarkable story of Tesla’s partner, Panasonic

Tesla’s battery partner and long-time supporter, Panasonic, just turned 100 years old. Entrepreneur’s Lydia Belanger reports that throughout the last century, “Panasonic has pivoted regularly, expanded globally and today continues to look toward the future of technology, including teaming up with Tesla.” Panasonic’s financial investments in Tesla aren’t the only support it provides — its…

Resistance Spot Welding (RSW)

Series Welding – RSW utilizes two electrodes positioned adjacent to each other but separated by an air gap or other dielectrics. Each electrode contacts the same surface of the base material. This type of welding is utilized where access to both sides of the weld joint is physically restricted or if a component damage would result if the…

Batteries – Comparing the specific energy of various electrochemistry

  The specific energy density of battery cells, depending on chemistry: Lead Acid (PbSO4 ) = 40Wh/kg NiCd (Nickel Cadmium / NiOOH) = 60 Wh/kg NiMh (Nickel Metal Hydride / NiOOH) = 90Wh/kg LTO (Lithium Titanium Oxide / Li4Ti5O12) = 80Wh/kg. LPF (Lithium Iron Phosphate / LiFePO4) = 115 Wh/kg. LMO (Lithium Ion Manganese Oxide / LiMn2O4)…

Back in time – A Bit About Batteries, with Martin Eberhard

November 30, 2006 By now most people know that the Tesla Roadster is powered by Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. But here are a few things about our batteries you might not have heard. Our battery system – or Energy Storage System, as we like to call it – is comprised of 6,831 individual Li-ion cells. It’s roughly…

Panasonic Battery History

An outline of the major products that shaped our history, including a number of notable events from SANYO, a company Panasonic acquired in 2010. Development and release of battery-powered shell lamps In March 1923, Konosuke Matsushita, founder of the business that would later become Panasonic, successfully developed a cannonball-shaped battery-powered shell lamp for bicycles. It…

7 Core Management Principles by Konosuke Matsushita, Founder of Panasonic Corporation

Contribution to society Fairness and Honesty Cooperation and Team Spirit Untiring Effort for Improvement Courtesy and Humility Adaptability Gratitude Panasonic’s standards are still firmly grounded in the philosophy of the company founder. The Seven Core Principles of Panasonic were established by Konosuke Matsushita back in the 1930s. These principles, which are also called the seven…

Japanese Quality Management

The Japanese have had phenomenal impact on world markets. Many industries, such as electronics, cameras, watches, motorcycles, machine tools, automotive products, shipbuilding, and even some aspects of aerospace are either dominated by Japanese firms or are heavily impacted by them. Many people mistakenly attribute this phenomenon strictly to cultural differences. The vision of dedicated Japanese…