Simplicity is power: Tesla’s choice of batteries is a lesson to other carmakers

The powerpacks are cheap and help overcome the persistent issues and inconveniences that come with electric cars

21 October 2021 - 19:59 By Anjani Trivedi

Tesla seems to have got it right. The usually fantastical Elon Musk is set to give the electric vehicle market and its various players a reality check.

At its third-quarter earnings call, Tesla said it was switching to a less expensive type of battery – the central part of the vehicle – for the company’s standard-range cars globally. Tesla already had been using these in some of its cars in China, where sales have been soaring primarily because prices were kept down. That was a shrewd, prescient and realistic move...

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