Because there are tons of crazy people in this world...
Actually with Tesla there's a much lower chance of overheating and fire since each individual cell has its own protection circuit to prevent overcharging, overdischarging and overcurrent conditions.
I would argue they are inferior because they would be rejecting such help. Further, it's arguably negligent (as hinted by others) to not at least entertain all possible solutions to their technical problems that put human lives at risk -- regardless of the source.
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Buying an EV is one thing, being able to drive it beyond city limits another...
In any case, I agree with you re: them saving lives. From a business standpoint though, if two technology companies are vying for your dollars, and one of the companies ends up helping the other out on something that's not directly related to your business, but close enough, you might pick the more knowledgeable one (barring other factors like the other clearly having superior tech in your specific field, or bid half what the other guy bid or something along those lines).
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Boeing Lithium-ion Batteries are Inherently Unsafe, Says Elon Musk
Here's the link:Boeings 787 Lithium-ion Batteries are Inherently Unsafe, Says Elon Musk : TreeHugger
From the article:
"Unfortunately, the pack architecture supplied to Boeing is inherently unsafe," writes Musk in an email to Flightglobal.
"Large cells without enough space between them to isolate against the cell-to-cell thermal domino effect means it is simply a matter of time before there are more incidents of this nature," he adds. [...]
"Moreover, when thermal runaway occurs with a big cell, a proportionately larger amount of energy is released and it is very difficult to prevent that energy from then heating up the neighboring cells and causing a domino effect that results in the entire pack catching fire," says Musk.
Will a smaller cell always be statistically safer, independent of control electronics?
It seems like a trade off to me. Smaller cell, less potential damage per cell, but more cells involved, so more potential failure points.
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