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Re: Optimal propulsion system
Tesla is using lithium ion batteries last I looked. Figure an energy density on them of about 2% by weight compared to gas. So to replace a gallon of gas you would need roughly 325lbs of batteries. The Tesla battery pack weighs around 900lbs, so figure the energy equivalent of 3 gallons of diesel. And they aren't cheap, the battery pack which is good for a nominal 4 years cost roughly $36,000. So even assuming electricity is free it's going to cost you $8,500 a year in battery packs.
At today's fuel prices you would have to be doing a lot of motoring to come anywhere close to justifying it from a cost advantage.