electric car innovation puzzle
The Tesla has attracted a great deal of attention because it has achieved an important technical breakthrough – a fully charged battery will support 300 (!) miles of driving. In other words, daily charging is enough for most people most of the time. That’s a huge breakthrough – the Nissan Leaf only promises about 100 miles per full charge, which a lot of people would use up just commuting.
Here’s a question – what allowed Tesla to pull this off? A few hypotheses:
- Luck. Tesla isn’t any different, it just so happened that the engineers got lucky.
- Tweaking. Tesla just kept tweaking a design that was already there. Maybe they just work a bit faster, or they had more money to throw at the problem.
- Semi-marginality. Tesla is not tied to the auto industry, so it is easier for them to think outside the box.
Anyone have insight on this? Other theories?