Written by Mike Groll, who has been reporting on EV batteries for several years, this story is an excellent primer for anyone who has ever tried to make sense of the battery industry.
As we’ve discussed before, batteries aren’t the only form of energy storage.
There are also solar panels, hydrogen storage, and other forms of energy that can be harnessed in a variety of ways, such as through battery-based technologies or via “solar cell fusion” or “hydrogen storage.”
And the battery-powered cars that Tesla and other automakers have been building for a while, such a Mercedes-Benz E-class and Mercedes-AMG GLS, are both examples of a vehicle that’s been built around this idea of a battery.
There’s also the fact that EVs are inherently expensive.
As Tesla CEO Elon Musk put it at the company’s annual shareholder meeting last year: “In a very short time, [EVs] will become more and more expensive for consumers to buy.
We expect the price of an electric vehicle to increase from $60,000 in 2022 to $100,000.”
The bottom line is that battery-fueled cars are a lot more complicated than their conventional counterparts, and it’s easy to get confused about what they really mean when it comes to battery technology.
That’s a big part of the problem, as we’ll get to in a minute.