What’s Inside A Tesla Model S – Infographic


Ever wonder what’s inside a Tesla Model S? We’ll wonder no more as this infographic from Visual Capitalist shows us most of the materials you’ll find in a Tesla S.

Tesla Model S Infographic

Tesla Model S Infographic

Source: Visual Capitalist

Category: Tesla

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21 responses to "What’s Inside A Tesla Model S – Infographic"
  1. SparkEV says:

    I thought much of Al comes from recycled sources since recycling AL is far less energy intensive than from raw ore. Is it still cheaper to use ore?

    1. DL says:

      It’s a mining company advert. Ya think they’re gonna talk about recycling?

    2. Mikael says:

      It’s A LOT cheaper to recycle aluminum than to use ore.

    3. RussB says:

      Its position in the activity series makes aluminium very energy intensive to produce and relatively difficult to refine. This complicates somewhat the use of scrap, as scrap is typically a mixture of many different grades with different chemistries. For many aluminium applications mixing different grades of scrap is not a problem, but most of the higher-strength grades used in automotive require very specific chemistries. Refining the mixed scrap or trying to sort scrap into different grades vastly reduces the energy and cost difference between primary and recycled aluminium.

      1. Just_Chris says:

        It’s my understanding that a lot of the “high performance” aluminum alloys are less sensitive to chemistry than “lower end” aluminum alloys with the most sensitive alloys being those used for aluminum foil which is essentially pure aluminum. I guess it depends on the chemistry of the scrap and the desired chemistry of the alloy.

        I suspect that anything to do with a luxury product is always going to be talked up as being new and ultra high purity. No body is going to by a $100k car that is made from recycled soda bottles, the heavy oil fraction no one knows what to do with, scrap cans and the waste product of the beef industry. It would be nice to see more copper recycled, I read somewhere that there is now more copper in land fill than in economically viable copper mines.

        btw while on the subject of recycling one of the most heavily recycled articles is the common automotive lead acid battery with recycle rates in the 90%’s in a lot of countries. I can only see EV battery packs going the same way. In fact I think the only way EV manufactures will meet their cost targets is if they get the battery back at the end of the vehicles life for recycling.

        1. RussB says:

          It is not just the total amount of alloying elements, but also the allowable amount of each element. The higher-strength aluminium alloys, 5XXX,6XXX,7XXX, though they have a higher alloy content than, say, the 1235 used for household foil, are still quite sensitive to chemistry.

          In a very general sense, grades for wrought applications will be more sensitive than grades used for cast applications. This is particularly true in automotive sheet applications because of the very specific combination of strength, ductility, and surface quality requirements.

  2. Jacked Beanstalk says:

    They forgot to mention the Valyrian steel components.

  3. Elroy says:

    Amazing the motor only weighs around 100lbs. Compare that to a 300HP ICE car engine. Too bad batteries weigh so much!

    1. Gizmo84 says:

      Could you imaging if we had a breakthrough in battery tech? hopefully in the future batteries will weigh much less.

      1. Eco says:

        Aluminum is more energy dense than gasoline. http://www.Phinergy.com is working with ALCOA to commercialize an Aluminum-Air battery (range extender) that goes 1,000 miles (1,600 km) on 50 kg (110 lb.) of aluminum!

    2. Speculawyer says:

      That is a thing about EVs . . . yeah, the battery is MUCH bigger/heavier than a gas tank. But you need to consider the whole systems.

      So although EVs have a big battery, the motor & electronics are pretty small. And there is NO ICE, transmission, exhaust system, ignition system, fuel system etc. Yeah, the battery makes the car heavier than an ICE version but it is not as bad as one might think.

  4. Warren M says:

    Yeah, need an extra 300-500hp? Just drop in another 100-150lb motor!

  5. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    I wonder what the “Performance” characteristic on the “Battery Profile” spider graph means.

    1. Steven says:

      How much power can be pulled from the battery in a specific period of time.

  6. Anon says:

    Anyone else think Tesla might put smaller hub motors on each of the model III’s wheels, to make the skateboard hold more batteries?

    1. Steven says:

      The unsprung weight would kill it’s handling.

  7. Priusmaniac says:

    This smells Koch industries anti ev attack 2.

  8. ModernMarvelFan says:

    “Amazing the motor only weighs around 100lbs”

    That is just the copper weight.

    You didn’t include the “stationary” piece weight which is made of steel…

  9. Just_Chris says:

    There is a bit of a problem with the way the report the weight of the various components of the battery, from the info-graphic it looks like 80-90% of the battery is Nickel and cobalt. This isn’t right as the cathode will not be a large part of the battery, I am not sure what it would be but the packaging around the battery, the cooling system, all the wiring and everything else associated with the battery pack will mean that the cobalt / nickel weight will not be a high as this graphic suggests.

    There is also no mention of oxygen which will be a large part of the weight of the cathode material.

    1. Just_Chris says:

      btw if you are thinking about replying to this post to point out that there are no gases in the battery and even if there was they should not be counted because they don’t weigh anything please don’t.