I bought a "chrome" battery two years ago that is winding down on cranking power. Has anyone here used a lithium battery? I checked my charging system, 14 volts running.
Totally agree, but, like I did say, Tesla use thousands of individual 18650's, to make 'megawatts' of power. I want to make a simple battery that will power next to nothing, the main load will be the starter motor. I would want something that will also power camping kit, backed up by a small solar panel. I've looked into this with a lot of caution, as you say Lithium cells can be unstable, I did have one explode inside my LED torch, whilst crawling through a small, dark service trench. I was deaf in one ear for days and my hand got branded, as well as being left in total darkness 😂I am not sure what folks like Antigravity do, but Tesla cells are highly protected with isolation circuits and are liquid cooled to prevent overheating and fires. You may want to consider/research this before slapping a bunch of cells together.
Lithium can be dangerous.
Those of us who can repair and rebuild are now at a distinct advantage (so long as this worn body continues functioning)Tesla can bypass them but they will not repair them. They make you buy a new battery pack. I guess there is, or should be insurance for that, but I have read many stores where very small holes, or dents, from rollling over boulders that roll off a hill, and at night, sometimes you can't see these things in time, if at all. Tesla makes you or your insurance buy the whole pack, and man, they are expensive. Personally I think the should section off their batteries so that you can replace the place that gets hits most, and everything I have read and seen pictures of, point to the front bottom. That would make the vehicle more economically feasible. I'll never have the kind of money needed to buy any car new. I have never purchased a new car, though my wife worked for Mercedes-Benz, for 12 years, and we had a new one of those leased so cheap, you'd be a fool not to take it. They paid for insurance and maintenance. They actually picked up the car where she worked, and left her a courtesy car till they were done servicing it, and returned the car to her. I was at the time restoring Mercedes Benz automobiles. I met the President of Mercedes at that time, and he was very interested in the `975 450 SLC car I had. Those cars won the Paris to Dakar race 4 years in a row, bone stock. I got to know those cars well. Mercedes only uses virgin steel, so they always come apart easy, and the weld easy to.
Tesla does not, may not be able to, do the fit and finish that Mercedes does on their least expensive cars. Of course, Mercedes has had a lot longer experience at it. I'd take an ICE Mercedes over a Tesla everyday. I still own a '73 450SL I would like to restore. I purchased it for $6000 miles and put 110K miles on it before parking it. It still runs, but needs rust repair work. My son wants it. My wife told me to sell it, then, and I still don't know why, she changed her mind. It is from the 1st batch of 450SL's sold in the U.S.
The new Mercedes E.V. is supposed to be the slipperiest car in the world. I don't even know anybody who can afford these things, or even new cars or trucks period. I see a lot of people lease cars, but they are always caught up and broke. I haven't made a car payment in 20 years, or more. I buy them outright, fix what's wrong, then usually sell them for not too much less than what I paid. Used cars are quite a commodity now.