Battery cars are heavy
We have all heard this a lot recently and it is part of the reason that some people like hydrogen as a fuel source.
Now I have touched on this subject before, but this article will be about the whole automotive package, rather than just the energy carrier.
It will also be a fairly short article as the numbers are pretty easy.
I tried to find a battery powered car that is similar to the Toyota Mirai that James May has recently bought. The Tesla Model 3 is, on wheelbase, 40 mm shorter, the Model S is 40 mm longer, and the Nissan Leaf is 220 mm shorter, so that counts that out.
On width, the Model 3 is 35 mm thinner, with the Model S being 79 mm wider.
So the Tesla Model 3 is pretty close, mechanically, in size.
Mate of mine has just got one
So how does it compare to the 1,850 kg mass of the Mirai.
Depending on which model is chosen, it can range from 239 kg to 3 kg lighter. Yes, the Tesla weighs less.
I shall repeat that, the Tesla weighs less.
Just for completeness the Model S has a mass of 1,961 kg, 111 kg more than the Mirai, and my old Ford C-Max from 2007 is 1,391 kg.
Similar to the crock I drive