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…

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…

RQ-11B Raven UAV – the most popular fixed-wing military drone

  Primary Function Reconnaissance and surveillance with low altitude operation Contractor Aerovironment, Inc. Services USN, USMC, USAF, US Army Power Plant Electric Motor, rechargeable lithium ion batteries Wingspan 4.5 feet (1.37 meters) Weight 4.2 lbs (1.9 kilograms) Weight (ground control unit) 17 lbs (7.7 kilograms) Speed 30-60 mph (26-52 knots) Range 8-12 km (4.9-7.45 miles)…

NASA: Li-Ion Batteries – Managing Risk to Secure Reward

Source: NASA   Li-Ion batteries perform well in packing a lot of energy into a small package. That is why NASA was one of the earliest adopters of the Li-Ion battery for use in space, where the advantages of smaller batteries with a long life expectancy are numerous, from fitting nicely into the confines of…