A few months after unveiling its first electric car, Tesla Motors announced a major breakthrough in battery technology: It’s able to continuously store enough energy to run the car for hours.
The breakthrough is part of a broader shift in the way battery technology works.
It has enabled Tesla to run its Model S sedans with batteries that can last longer and charge more quickly than their predecessors, thanks to a technique called “voltage-to-charge ratio” (VTC).
Tesla CEO Elon Musk called it the “Tesla way.”
The technology, known as “Charge-to_discharge” or “TDF,” was first tested on the Model S P85D and P90D, and it’s one of the key components of the company’s Model 3.
Tesla’s new “TDS” system requires an extra charge to operate the car, while keeping it charged while in use.
But it’s also a crucial way to ensure that the batteries don’t run out of power.
The new system has helped Tesla significantly reduce its carbon footprint.
Tesla has also made some major advances in how it keeps its batteries from overheating, and that’s a key reason it’s on track to reach an 85 percent power output for its Model 3, Musk said in a statement.
In addition to storing energy from the car’s electric motors, Tesla also runs a battery backup system called “charge controller,” which manages how much energy is transferred to and from the battery when the car is stopped and in a low-power mode.
Tesla’s batteries are cooled by an air-filled chamber called a “coolant chamber” in order to keep them cool during charging.
That system also helps the batteries charge faster.
For the new Model 3’s 85 percent capacity, Tesla has managed to reduce the size of the “cooling system” to only 10.8 square meters (1,731 square feet).
This is less than half the size required for the existing “Cooling System 3” model, which is built around an air cooler and is much larger.
The cooler and more compact system also reduces the need for expensive cooling fins, which Musk said was a “huge cost-saving opportunity.”
Tesla has now achieved a 85 percent TDS capacity for the Model 3 and plans to make that the new standard for all Model 3 cars in the U.S. by 2020.
That’s a big step up from the 80 percent TDF required for “Coolant System 3.”
Tesla said the TDS-less design has also been used to help Tesla improve its charging efficiency, as it can make the cars more energy-efficient in the “cold” mode.
“By combining a coolant chamber with a cooler, the Model X P85 is able to reduce charging time from about 10 hours to about 8 hours, compared to a similar Model S,” Tesla said.
The company has also improved the way the batteries are charged.
For the first time, Tesla says, the battery is designed to keep the battery’s charge up while in “cold mode,” and the new battery design uses a different battery chemistry.
The battery’s efficiency has also changed, with the Model III now able to reach 80 percent capacity and the Model Y P85, which uses the same chemistry, achieving 85 percent.
That compares with 85 percent for the “Cooler” version of the Model 2 and 65 percent for “S” versions.
As the company makes the transition to a new battery technology, it is also developing new ways to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Tesla is already using the company-owned solar farm in Reno to make the Model E, a car that will make a big impact in the world’s largest solar market.
The farm will be powered by solar power during the daytime and solar power at night.
It will also be powered with wind energy when the sun is shining and when Tesla is driving.
Tesla is also working on a hybrid electric car that could go 100 percent electric in the winter.