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Old 07-27-2016, 08:31 AM   #1
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Tesla Batteries in RV's the Future?

Interesting to see Tesla's gigafactory is taking shape near Reno NV. It's going to be the size of 109 football fields they are producing the lithium batteries for the Tesla cars. I see now where they are planning to make them for large commercial trucks and buses. The factory will reduce the cost of the batteries. It would be nice to see a reasonably priced Lithium Ion battery designed to take place of current house batteries, only time will tell.
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it certainly makes sense if it makes financial sense and if the space is available(I could see a battery running across the width of the motorcoach just as a water tank does)...
I'm sure the upper crust motorcoaches can try this first, and with time it will trickle down to us : )
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They make a wall mount battery for home use to offset peak rates or daylight for solar.

That would be an interesting thing to deploy in rv
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It'll be some time before we see this happening. I own a Tesla Model S which weighs close to 5,000 lbs - mostly because of the weight of the batteries. (it is the best car we've ever owned btw.) Can you imagine the additional weight for an RV? It would be huge. Plus there's the recharging time of the batteries.

Tesla is using proprietary Superchargers at strategically located sites to quickly charge the batteries - but it still takes at least 30 minutes to charge a Model S battery from 10 to 80% capacity (that's incredibly fast compared to anything else out there).

In a motorhome it would take hours to recharge such a huge battery with the current state of technology. I am sure Elon at Tesla will figure this all out but it will take time:-)
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It'll be some time before we see this happening. I own a Tesla Model S which weighs close to 5,000 lbs - mostly because of the weight of the batteries. (it is the best car we've ever owned btw.) Can you imagine the additional weight for an RV? It would be huge. Plus there's the recharging time of the batteries.

Tesla is using proprietary Superchargers at strategically located sites to quickly charge the batteries - but it still takes at least 30 minutes to charge a Model S battery from 10 to 80% capacity (that's incredibly fast compared to anything else out there).

In a motorhome it would take hours to recharge such a huge battery with the current state of technology. I am sure Elon at Tesla will figure this all out but it will take time:-)
I believe you are answering the wrong question.

The question was about HOUSE BATTERIES! NOT about batteries to power the chassis down the road. The Tesla batteries would be smaller and lighter than the OEM HOUSE batteries already installed!
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the small town of Fernley Nevada is where the factory is located. And it is huge!!! I watched the town grow from a little nothing. There are so many RE investors running around there right now it is amazing, they are falling over each other trying to buy up property to build commercial rentals. As far as the batteries are concerned, I think it would a good idea to increase the amperage on the space allowed for RV batteries. the old tech 6v and 12v are out of date.
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Let's see now...
A Lithium Ion 12v deep cycle in the Group 31 form factor now costs $1299. Reduce that by 30% and it's only $909. I can hardly wait...
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