Ludicrous Speed, Buying from LG Chem, MCity USA. T.E.N. Future Car News 24 July 2015

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Weekly show about future cars and future car technology. This week news about: Tesla’s new Ludicrous performance mode for the Model S; Toyota’s next-generation Prius is rumored to get a much larger electric range; Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn admits it may switch to LG Chem as a battery supplier; Toyota says experience makes it hates EVs; U-M opens a new research facility for autonomous vehicles; Toyota plans to bring just 11 Mirai H2 fuel cell cars to the UK this year; the Energica Ego nears production; and Chevrolet recalls just one Volt.

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  • Ludicrous – Tesla announces a new ‘Ludicrous’ mode for the high-end Tesla Model S P90D
  • More Range – Rumor says Toyota will expand the all-electric range of the next-generation Prius plug-in Hybrid.
  • LG Chemistry – Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn opens up to the possibility of using LG Chem batteries in the next-generation LEAF.
  • Energica On its Way – The world’s most desirable electric motorcycle enters production.
  • A fundamental flaw – Toyota argues its hatred of electric vehicles comes from first-hand experience.
  • MCity USA – Michigan welcomes a new 32-acre city designed to help test self-driving cars.
  • H2 nightmare – H2 drivers in Southern California say they are being let down by unreliable infrastructure.
  • A single recall – GM recalls just one Chevrolet Volt for a steering fault.


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  • Tim Martin

    Ok, I have a few questions to ask about the advances with Tesla, concerning its battery pack, which I have not seen anyone address.
    1. Since the addition of the 90kw pack was mainly because of a change in amount of silicon added to the anode, not by adding more cells, does this mean the pack is still the same weight or near to the same as the 85kw?
    2. Does this change in chemistry also apply to the 85kw? If so does this also mean the 85kw is lighter and thus equate to mileage gains?
    3. If this does not apply to the 85kw, how long will it be before it does, or are they using the old cells in stock to produce the 85kw till they run out?

    • Michael Thwaite


      Traditionally, all the packs from 40-85 have weighed the same – they’ve just swapped out one cell for another higher energy density cell – all 18650 sized cells. My Roadster has, if I recall, 2.2Ahr cells, yet we’re already sampling 4Ahr and I think that the S is using 3.4 to 3.7Ahr but that’s me speculating.

      We think that the 85 will continue to use the lower cost cells as the price of the cells reflects the global market price.

      I think that you’ll see, as we did with the 60kWh, the price of the cells will come down to meet the current price and then, 90 will be the new normal.

  • Jeff Winks

    the reason GM did a recall is because they killed tens of people by not doing one, btw you should mention FCA doing recall #4 on the Fiat 500e- which also shares drivetrain with the VW e-Golf which makes you wonder if it also has the same issues