Tesla may be the biggest brand name in the energy storage industry today as their design on lithium-ion batteries has propelled the industry forward. However, Tesla has been slow to change or update their battery concept. They have put a lot of time and money into their early battery systems, preferring to stay the course despite their competitors’ ambitious attempts to perfect a simplified, less-problematic design. With innovation comes competition, but an explicit attention to detail has the newcomerGoBatery looking to close the gap.
The chemistry used by Tesla in their early EV car batteries utilized lithium nickel cobalt aluminum oxide (NCA). This is an incredible technology in terms of power and energy density. However, they create a lot of heat, which is why they need large water cooling systems. They are also incredibly dangerous if punctured or damaged, as we have seen when several Tesla cars that have caught on fire. In some cases, the fires would burn so hot that firefighters would opt to wait for the blaze to burn itself out.
Despite these setbacks, lithium-ion technology is still a far better alternative than the large, heavy and short-lived absorbed glass mat (AGM) deep cycle lead-acid batteries. The ultimate goal is a renewable energy option that stands as a clear alternative to the coal and gas-based power grid. The lithium-ion battery can offer the same power outputs as a standard 6V - 12V AGM or sealed lead-acid (SLA) battery can, but in a package that is less than one-quarter the size and weight of the AGM, SLA deep cycle batteries. In electronic vehicles, such as cars or bikes, it’s important to consider size and weight. This is exactly why EVs are all powered with some form of lithium battery.
The small size and light weight of lithium, along with the fact that it can last far longer than other deep cycle battery solutions, have helped it to be the best fit as the home solar and battery backup alternative in the past year. With competitors such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and others battling against Tesla for market share, it is this niche GoBatery chose to launch its first product line utilizing an advanced lithium technology: Mobile Military Ultra Deep Cycle Battery.
The standard lithium-ion battery comes in a 3.7V configuration. This small size and configuration can to be stacked in series or parallel chains, allowing battery makers to build larger battery packs that can power cars, homes and even small cities.
The newest edition to the lithium family – nickel, manganese, cobalt (NMC) – reduces the cost of the battery while placing an emphasis on safety, power and longevity.
Tesla unveiled their Powerwall 2, a home-based NMC lithium-ion battery, to much success. Although its market was relatively small, sales began to pick up in late 2017. Installing a Powerwall 2 unit along with SolarCity rooftop solar panels (for optimal energy storage) offered a pathway towards renewable solar energy for homeowners since the Powerwall 2 cuts down power grid usage for homeowners. It offers anywhere from 10kW to 16kW of renewable solar energy for use instead of drawing electricity from the power grid. Considering that the average household uses around 30kW of electricity, the end result also saves the consumer money as well. In the long run, the average homeowner using a Powerwall 2 along with 20 to 30 high efficiency solar panels can see their electricity bill cut down by more than half. That kind of saving is enticing but the initial purchase for the Powerwall 2 unit along with the solar panels and the installation can be quite expensive: potentially costing $30,000 - $45,000 up front. Even after the 30% U.S. federal tax credit, that is still a large cost for anyone, and most homes would need two or three Powerwalls to offset 100% of their needs, with costs potentially ranging from $60,000 - $100,000. This price is a major problem for the average home owner.
GoBatery saw the price problem and took note of it, understanding that the next step in expanding the use of renewable solar energy boils down to one word: affordability. Choosing to use the NMC cells in their new line of mobile military batteries, GoBatery has demonstrated their commitment to innovation, safety and affordability.
GoBatery lithium batteries can be stacked in chains to meet the demands of a large home or business, but they are also portable, expanding their usage to e-bikes, cars, RVs, camping, and any other portable power need. Tesla’s “shiny new thing” motif is on a collision course with GoBatery’s efficient, modular and cost-effective expertise. Adding a hardened high-grade ABS military case, GoBatery ensures that their product will withstand the test of time and any kind of wear and tear. The ABS military case also makes the battery weatherproof. A portable, modular, easy-to-use battery that can handle being in any environment is the clear next step for products in the energy storage industry. All GoBatery batteries come with a wall-plug charger – for easy, fast charging on the go, making their ultra deep cycle lithium-ion batteries truly unique and portable.
Both GoBatery and Tesla are driven by the desire to replace the coal and gas-based power grid with sustainable long-term renewable energy solutions. As these two companies continue to push the envelope, competition will refine any unpolished ideas. Tesla is the industry trailblazer while GoBatery looks to firmly solidify their status and capitalize on their complacency. The inevitable swing towards renewable energy has begun.
GoBatery is emerging. Set for a global release, GoBatery’s lithium-ion NMC mobile military battery is going to be a game changer, positioning GoBatery to be a premier innovator in the energy storage industry for years to come.