With production of the Tesla Model S set to exceed 20,000 units in its first year, analysts are now looking forward to the next fiscal year. Many are bullish that Tesla can meet its 40,000 unit production capacity with ease, which raises a worrying issue; a shortage of laptop battery cells.
Unlike many other electric cars, the Tesla Model S uses around 7,000 18650 lithium-ion laptop battery cells from Panasonic. It also has the largest battery pack at 85 kWh than any other EV out there, meaning that in a single year Tesla has sent shockwaves through the laptop battery business.
If Tesla hits its 40,000 unit mark next year, laptop battery production will essentially have to double to keep up with demand. Beyond that, Tesla is already looking into production facilities in Europe and Asia, and production could potentially hit 100,000 units or more by the end of the decade. What will happen to the cost of laptop batteries?
More like than not the prices of batteries, computers, and electric will continue to plummet, and there is little doubt that the industry can keep up. Is Tesla the tipping point for electric cars?
Source: Green Car Reports