Toyota Motors in partnership with Tesla is testing lithium-ion batteries originally designed for laptops in the next generation of Electric Vehicles reports an interesting Delaware online article. Costing less than the bigger car only batteries, these batteries could be the key to reducing new EV car sticker prices.
It may lead to the total component cost of an electric car getting lower than a gasoline car… and more likelihood that retail prices of electric cars will drop. – Koji Endo, a Tokyo-based analyst at Advanced Research Japan.
A cluster of 6,831 Panasonic battery cells helps to power Tesla’s super powerful high end roadster which boasts a 245 mile per charge range.
The use of rechargeable consumer electronics batteries may help cut manufacturing costs and sticker prices, which led manufacturers of lithium-ion laptops batteries to project tripled sales over the next decade.
Sales of EV and hybrid cars, including the new plug-in cars will total over 900,000 vehicles in 2011.