The electric car industry is in the midst of a dramatic shift from a single-molecule battery to a much larger and more efficient array of electrode materials, but the technology remains highly controversial.
While the industry has spent billions of dollars to develop advanced battery materials, many experts believe the batteries themselves are in dire need of improvement, and there are few clear solutions.
The Tesla Model S electric sedan is the most advanced, but many of its rivals are making electric-car batteries that are not quite as efficient or perform as well.
For this reason, Tesla is taking a different approach with the electric car.
In the first part of a two-part series, ESPN.com examines what’s at stake for the electric vehicle and the electric-vehicle industry.
Part 2: The Electric Vehicle and the Electric Vehicle Industry Part 1: The Tesla Roadster, the Model S, and the Model X electric-cars.
Part 3: The battery, and how it affects battery technology Part 4: The future of electric vehicles, and where the next generation is headed.
Part 5: How Tesla’s battery technology differs from competitors and why Tesla is trying to be the leader.
Part 6: What Tesla is doing to improve the battery performance of the Model 3 electric-drive vehicle.
Part 7: Why Elon Musk’s Tesla is so disruptive.
Part 8: How much Tesla’s batteries will cost, and what the company’s future looks like.
Part 9: What the electric cars look like, and why they’re so important to the future of transportation.