Tesla on pace to use more batteries than computer industry by 2017
Granted, there are a fair amount of "ifs" here, as doubling Model S production and sales next year isn't guaranteed, nor is getting the new models out on schedule. That said, the Model S's 85-kWh battery does gobble up battery cells in large chunks. Indeed, GCR did the math and found that the approximately 14,000 Model S vehicles sold since its introduction contain as many kWh worth of lithium-ion packs as all of the 71,000 Nissan Leafs sold around the world since late 2010 combined, although the Tesla uses smaller cells than the Nissan. With such supply requirements, Tesla has turned battery supplier Panasonic's second-quarter 2012 loss into a second-quarter 2013 profit and may need to reach supply agreements with Samsung to meet further demand. Read the details over at Green Car Reports.
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