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Vol. 4, No. 5, May 31, 2009
ISSN 1932-3018

Battery powered roadster
Positioning this technology in the
Functionality Grid
Reformatted from: Van Wyk, Rias J: Technology - A Unifying Code, 2004, SMG, Cape Town, p.34. Based on: Ropohl, Gunter: Eine Systemtheorie der Technik, 1979, Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich and Vienna, p.178.
This Newsbrief deals with motor vehicles with alternative drive trains. More particularly it deals with battery-powered roadsters. In terms of the Atlas of Technological Megatrends it is concerned with the functionality of matter transportation.
In the past development of battery powered vehicles has proven difficult because of:
  • Limited range
  • Unimpressive acceleration
  • Cumbersome construction
The heart of the problem has been the energy store - batteries have just not been good enough. Recent creative advances have addressed this issue.
These include the Tesla roadster that employs a unique power source of over 6800 lithium-ion batteries. These are the same as used in consumer electronic devices, such as cell 'phones and computers. Heat was always a problem. Tesla manages heat with a unique monitoring and cooling system. The Tesla roadster has a range of more than 400 kilometers between battery charges, and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The first range model of vehicles is extremely elegant and targeted at the celebrity market. This top-of-pyramid strategy will let Tesla fund the development and production of more mainstream models in the future.
On June 4, 2009, at a ceremony in Stockholm, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden named the Tesla Motor Company, California, USA, as the winner of the Globe Award for Sustainability Innovation.
Technology explorers should consider the impact on public awareness of a battery-powered, celebrity status, roadster. They should also be alert to the further development of the battery system that will become even more efficient and feed future innovation in other fields.

© Rias J. van Wyk, 2013. Editor.