What’s wrong with electric-vehicle batteries?
article Posted by Mark D. Smith on November 16, 2018 11:00:18The world’s leading supplier of battery storage, and one of the world’s biggest manufacturers, has come under fire for charging a huge chunk of its battery capacity to wholesale customers without consulting them.
The problem is that while battery storage is increasingly being used in electric cars, the batteries are often only a tiny part of the cost of the vehicles themselves, said John Kostyal, chief executive of San Diego-based Amex.
The firm is now trying to fix the problem, after customers were hit with $1.5 billion in tariffs.
The company is trying to find a solution to an issue that has been a sore spot for Amex for some time, and which it hopes will not affect customers who pay more than $2,000 for an average $100,000 battery, Mr Kostysaid.
“We’re trying to make sure that we’re charging the right price, and that we don’t charge too much,” Mr Kustyal said.
He said the problem is not limited to Amex, but has also emerged in other major companies, including Toyota and Tesla, which use battery storage to charge batteries for other vehicles.
“This is a problem that has plagued many suppliers over the years, including Tesla,” Mr Dyson said.
“I would not be surprised if we see this situation repeated in the coming years, if not for AmEX itself, which we have no control over.”
What is battery storage?
A battery is a chemical compound that has a chemical property that allows it to store a charge or a voltage.
The chemical properties of a battery are controlled by the composition of the battery and its electrolyte.
For example, a lithium-ion battery contains a lithium metal electrolyte, which is an alloy of nickel, zinc, cobalt and chromium.
It is made of lithium and nickel, and is also made of magnesium, titanium and manganese.
It can store more energy than a battery made of carbon dioxide or water, and can also hold more charge than a lithium battery.
It has a charge of between 20 and 30 per cent of its rated capacity, depending on how much energy is being stored in the battery.
Its capacity also depends on the temperature of the electrolyte it is made from.
In the absence of a specific manufacturer or a specific application, Amex has relied on suppliers to make its batteries for its vehicles, but this has been controversial because it has not been clear what exactly constitutes battery storage.
“It’s a big problem for us, because we can’t say how much capacity we have,” Mr Siegel said.
Amex has said it charges batteries for around 30 per on average, and has been known to charge battery capacity by 50 per cent.
The batteries are typically used to power the batteries in the Tesla cars that are in widespread use in the US and around the world.
Tesla said it does not have a policy of charging battery capacity for the vehicles in its fleet.
“Tesla does not charge the charge for the battery in any Tesla vehicle,” Tesla said in a statement.
“The charge for all of our batteries is based on the customer’s specific needs.”
Amex said it is investigating the issue, and said it has also been working with the supplier, Panasonic, on a solution.
“Amex will work with Panasonic to make the batteries as close to battery capacity as possible to make these charges as affordable as possible,” Amex said.
Panasonic is a key supplier of batteries for Nissan, Tesla, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan, among other brands.
Mr Siegel is confident the issue will be resolved soon.
“These are not the only suppliers out there, and this will be sorted out,” he said.
“We will be able to get the pricing right.”
Mr Kostyns company, AmEx Power Storage, also uses batteries to charge electric vehicles.
It makes a range of batteries from the smallest to the largest and can charge batteries up to a capacity of 50 per head.
“Our products are not battery-only products, and our goal is to make them both a better and a better-priced option than our competitors,” Mr Lott said.