Tesla Motors CEO on Nissan Leaf: Primitive battery technology

There are two very important cars coming up, the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf. The one grabbing the headlines recently has been the Leaf and the bold claims that Nissan has made about the battery technology. However, Tesla Motors CEO is not convinced and has come out saying that the technology is primitive.

Elon Musk had said this during a recent conference call with shareholders, saying that he has no fears that Nissan will better them when it comes to cost-per-kWh. The reason is because Nissan believes that they have now broken the $400/kWh mark.

According to Josie Garthwaite from Earth2Tech, Musk was asked in the call if Tesla had any plans to try and drive down costs; it was then that he made the comment about the Japanese carmaker — believing that the Tesla system is more complex.

One of the main differences between the two technologies is how they keep themselves cool. The Tesla system cools the battery with liquid, whereas Nissan has chosen to go with the cheaper air-cooling system. However, consumers will not care too much about that, all they will care about is cost — this could force Tesla to drop their prices.

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Written by Peter Chubb

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