Hey all,

I've been thinking about the i's range and I got to looking at the lev50 battery spec. With its dimensions it could be replaced with a set or 18650 cells in parallel. Doing some conservative volume calculations I could see 30 of the new Panasonic 3.1 ah cells making a great replacement battery cell. They would need to be built in modules with little fuses a la tesla and could be drop in replacements for the lev 50.

If you look at weight and power 30x 18650 cells would give a 93 ah battery weighing 1.2 kg about 30 % lighter and almost double the range. It would be 2640 cells total. I could see them being $3 a cell in the future maybe even less. That would be $8000 in cells for a really nice battery of 30kwh and a car with an easy 200 km of range.

Maybe I should start soldering cells together in 5-6 years as I plan for my battery death.

What do you think ?

Don.....