Automakers are increasingly turning towards green technology these days. This technology is promising and is the need of the future. Cars that run on electricity reduce pollution levels to a great deal, and in this era of huge fuel costs and global warming, pollution reduction has turned out to be an important issue.
Batteries used in current day electric cars are large in size and heavy too. So a small improvement in battery can result in a big difference in car designs.
Going by what JB Straubel, Co-founder and CTO of Tesla, electric car designs depend on battery innovations. Model S, the new electric car developed by Tesla, is a promising vehicle. The car that won the ‘Motor Trend Car of the Year Award 2012’, sports a battery that s placed along the bottom of the vehicle thereby reducing its lower center of gravity. This feature makes the car more aerodynamic too.
According to Shai Agassi, Founder and former CEO of Better Place, while energy density of batteries goes up, the cost per kilowatt hour goes down. He also stressed the importance of battery innovations in car designs.
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