WHY THE ELON MUSK CHOICE OF BATTERY IN THE TESLA IS THE WORST DECISION IN
ENGINEERING HISTORY AND HE DID IT TO SCAM THE STOCK MARKET
By Audret Conners
Elon Musk knew from day one that his batteries were deadly. He knew this, as fact before he took over Tesla in a hostile take-over.
Elon Musk, Tim Draper and Steve Jurvetson knew this before they invested in Tesla.
They knew that the deal-with-the-devil that they made with Panasonic was a scam to dump the dangerous batteries in the market.
Bernard Tse, one of Elon Musk's battery bosses, and his staff, told Musk that his batteries were dangerous as far back as 2009
Musk has known that his battery system was a scam but he went ahead and scammed the world any way.
Scientists have long understood that a lithium-metal anode would theoretically pack in more energy. In fact, the first lithium-ion cells that oil giant Exxon developed in the 1970s contained lithium-metal anodes. (Exxon was working on batteries then because it worried that oil might run out one day.) Single-use lithium-metal batteries were commercialized about the same time and they are used even today in specialized applications, such as deep-sea drilling.
Commercializing rechargeable lithium-metal batteries is a bigger challenge. In the 1980s, Moli Energy, a Canadian startup, was the first to succeed. But some of its batteries started catching fire, and the company had to issue a recall. The incident led to legal action and Moli Energy was forced to declare bankruptcy.
The use of lithium metal in rechargeable batteries creates three big problems. First, it reacts with everything: water, oxygen, and even nitrogen (all of which are present in the air around us), making it more likely to catch fire.
Second, lithium’s reactivity means it suffers side reactions with the battery’s liquid electrolyte, which is itself an energy-rich medium. These undesirable reactions reduce the amount of lithium available and worsen the battery’s life with every charge-discharge cycle.
Third, when a lithium-metal battery discharges, lithium ions separate from the surface of the anode and travel to the cathode. When the battery is charged the same ions travel back and deposit onto the anode as lithium metal. But instead of forming a nice smooth coating on the anode, lithium metal has the tendency to generate “dendrites,” chains of lithium atoms growing from the surface of the anode, which look like the roots of a tree. The dendrites grow bigger with each charge-discharge cycle, eventually reaching the cathode and causing the battery to short, leading to fires. Musk chose batteries whose dendrites grow the fastest, furthest and are the oldest architecture. IN OTHER WORDS: TESLA'S ARE GOING TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT THAT THEY BLOW UP!
As the industry struggled through these problems in the late 1980s, Sony invented the graphite anode. Though less energy-dense, it suddenly made lithium batteries a lot safer and more reliable. Since then, graphite anodes have remained the mainstay of the industry.
Nearly 30 years later, however, we are brushing up against the limitations of the graphite anode and Elon Musk still won't use one of over 300 different energy energy storage systems because of the kickbacks he gets from his deadly batteries.
Lithium ion mining is based in child labor camps in the Congo. Musk knows this and covers it up. As Bloomberg's Nathanial Bullard points out, Tesla's idea to "go private" is just another scam to try to keep the SEC from looking too close: