12 Aug '11, 12pm

Mission Motors: Thinking Small to Get Big in Cars: The components inside of electric cars are a lot more bl...

Mission Motors: Thinking Small to Get Big in Cars: The components inside of electric cars are a lot more bl...

The components in electric cars are a lot more bloated than they need to be, according to Mission Motors CEO Jit Bhattacharya. Less than 50 percent of the overall volume of a typical electric car battery pack derives from the actual battery cells, he claims. The rest of the bulk comes from the framing, insulation and other components. Well over 50 percent of the volume of one of Mission’s packs comes from cells. As a result, a prototype of a 1.7-kilowatt-hour battery pack module in Mission’s lobby in San Francisco looks surprisingly small. A person could cradle it with one arm. It weighs 12.5 kilograms and measures 21.8 x 13.5 x 24.5 centimeters. String a bunch together and you get the 14 kilowatt hour battery pack used in one of Mission's racing cycles. Put two cycle packs together and you have a 28 kilowatt hour pack, enough for a decent economy car that could go 100 mil...

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