Tesla Superbatteries Can Go 650 Miles In One Charge

By Jess F. - 07 Sep '16 11:59AM

Elon Musk's brainchild and electric car company Tesla boasts of many high-end features such as an air filter that double as a biodefense weapon and the controversial autopilot setting. But aside from that, their new "superbatteries" are said to be able to go 650 miles on one charge, researchers say.

Since Tesla is pushing for the use of renewable energy sources, obviously their rechargeable batteries should be able to live up to the demands of the current transportation standards. And it looks like Elon Musk is also giving premium treatment when it comes to speed. "For the first time, the world's fastest production car is electric," said Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a statement.

Reports say that the new superbatteries can go as fast as 97 kph in just 2.5 seconds. This new battery is also more powerful than the previous ones allowing 20 percent more driving time before needing a recharge.

Earlier this year, Musk revealed his Tesla Master Plan Part Deux. Part of the plan is to move towards a renewable transportation system and to eventually stop using fossil fuel as an energy source. 

In Tesla's Master Plan Part 2, Musk highlighted the importance of pursuing a sustainable lifestyle. "The point of all this was, and remains, accelerating the advent of sustainable energy, so that we can imagine far into the future and life is still good. That's what "sustainable" means. It's not some silly, hippy thing -- it matters for everyone," Musk said in a press release.

Musk believes that by improving the batteries that he is using for his cars and his solar power storage in homes, he can make it happen. "We must at some point achieve a sustainable energy economy or we will run out of fossil fuels to burn and civilization will collapse," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a statement. "Given that we must get off fossil fuels anyway and that virtually all scientists agree that dramatically increasing atmospheric and oceanic carbon levels is insane, the faster we achieve sustainability, the better," Musk added. 

The P100D made up of two rows of lithium ion superbatteries is placed underneath the car's chassis. The new battery is also four percent lighter than the previous model used by Tesla. It is also 90 kwh, which is almost 11 times more than the amount of electricity used in a mid-sized British home in a day.

But with the battery upgrade, Musk is still hopeful that he will be able to decrease the price of electric cars in the future to make the technology available for everyone.


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