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Is Elon Musk's huge battery in South Australia a waste of money?

Is Elon Musk's huge battery in South Australia a waste of money?

(5:21) Australian MP and climate change sceptic Craig Kelly argues that the sums don't add up.

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Guest: Make Straya great! (129 days ago)
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'Straya. We don't like fancy gizmos, education and progress!

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'Straya. We don't like fancy gizmos, education and progress!

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Guest: LondonBoy000 (132 days ago)

Nobody is talking about the elephant in the room! rechargable Batteries only last about 1,000 charges - a daily charge would take three years before they need replacing. Is the same true for cars? Nobody is telling us the cost of replacement of these batteries!

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Nobody is talking about the elephant in the room! rechargable Batteries only last about 1,000 charges - a daily charge would take three years before they need replacing. Is the same true for cars? Nobody is telling us the cost of replacement of these batteries!

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danskal danskal (132 days ago)

You are probably talking about this article (https://www.pv-magazine. com/2015/03/09/kit-test-s ome-battery-cells-last-fi ve-times-longer-than-othe rs_100018517/#axzz3U72AlR tU), which talks about charging some batteries 100% and draining them to 0% 1000 times. This is the absolute worst case scenario, a bit like crash testing a car, and Tesla would never do that to their batteries. They keep them between 10% and 90% charged, and they are cooled too. Then the batteries last much, much longer.

And even with those 1000 deep charges & discharges, you still have 70% of the battery capacity left.

Nobody is talking about the cost of replacement of the batteries, because you won't need to replace them, unless you want to upgrade to the latest and greatest, cheaper and lighter batteries that will be coming in a few years.

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You are probably talking about this article (https://www.pv-magazine. com/2015/03/09/kit-test-s ome-battery-cells-last-fi ve-times-longer-than-othe rs_100018517/#axzz3U72AlR tU), which talks about charging some batteries 100% and draining them to 0% 1000 times. This is the absolute worst case scenario, a bit like crash testing a car, and Tesla would never do that to their batteries. They keep them between 10% and 90% charged, and they are cooled too. Then the batteries last much, much longer.

And even with those 1000 deep charges & discharges, you still have 70% of the battery capacity left.

Nobody is talking about the cost of replacement of the batteries, because you won't need to replace them, unless you want to upgrade to the latest and greatest, cheaper and lighter batteries that will be coming in a few years.

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Guest: (132 days ago)

Why do the Austrailian taxpayers have to pay for the battery? Is the electricity given to the people by the government over there?

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Why do the Austrailian taxpayers have to pay for the battery? Is the electricity given to the people by the government over there?

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