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Tesla got patents?

Have they filed any patents for any of its design like the underbelly battery pack positioning, drive train, the large center console, etc? After watching the ongoing Samsung/Apple epic patent battle over what seems like trivial matters, it seems like a good idea for Tesla to patent everything that is unique in Model S. I was reading that the Honda Fit Electric already has its battery pack positioned just like in Model S, for super low CG.

(Brian H beat me to a click :-) )

Tiebreaker -- And - bummer - will not be able to drive a Model S on Mars...

Sure you can:

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/c104.0.403.403/p403x403/12700...

As far as driving anything on Mars -- what do you do with the heat? The atmosphere is 1% Earth's pressure & density, and even liquid cooling ends at the radiator. There'd have to be radiative cooling: maybe big red hot tail fins? Or else stick to a few days per mile like the Rovers and Curiosity.

Not sure about this either...looks like there are a lot of patents in conjunction to the one I found regarding the "venting" of metal-air batteries. Not sure why Tesla would do this as they are not in the battery business (as far as we know anyway). But maybe they think they could modify a supplier's lithium-air battery and make it work?
Long shot I know...but it's nice to dream that we might hit the magic "500 mile per charge" number sooner rather than later...we will get there eventually anyway.

Brian,

I thought that Mars was about the temperature of Antarctica on a warm day and generally much colder. Also I'd expect that you would be driving inside the terraforming domes, not outside in the Martian atmosphere.

"There'd have to be radiative cooling: maybe big red hot tail fins?"

Fortunately, aerodynamic drag would be much lower.

Unfortunately so would be grip too. Mass doesn't disappear, but weight does, so cornering would really suck.

@teddyg, those 500+Wh/kg batteries have more than twice the capacity of Model S batteries, and if Model S gets 265miles / charge you have your 500+ miles in just couple of years using just traditional batteries.

The only was electric, powered by silver-zinc potassium hydroxide batteries. Range (not sure which EAP cycle was used....) was 57 miles (92km).

Of interest: "The first cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to Boeing was for $19,000,000 and called for delivery of the first LRV by 1 April 1971. Cost overruns, however, led to a final cost of $38,000,000"!

^^ messed up my post ^^ .... The only vehicle drive on the moon was the lunar rover.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Lunar_Roving_Vehicle

Hm, an MS with wire-mesh wheels and outriggers (for turns). Need a lot of elbow room!

@jerry3 - LOL, matching color too. Has to be a classic non-metal-air Model S.

Just thinking, with the lower gravity and thinner air, the MS would be way over-powered! You'd get dangerous air time on every lump, bump, and hill. Probably need big 45° spoilers on front and rear for downforce and traction.


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