Power of innovation

Tesla Motors unveiled new versions of its Model S and Model X electric vehicles with a  battery capable of running for more than 450 kilometres on a single charge.  Alexandria Sage / Reuters
Tesla Motors unveiled new versions of its Model S and Model X electric vehicles with a battery capable of running for more than 450 kilometres on a single charge. Alexandria Sage / Reuters

Both the energy and transport industries are on the brink of a revolution – it’s just a matter of developing the right electricity storage device, which is no longer a distant dream.

The remarkable flight of Solar Impulse 2 has already proved that the spirit of innovation is thriving. This week, American car-maker Tesla Motors unveiled new versions of its Model S and Model X electric vehicles with a lithium-ion battery capable of running for more than 500 kilometres on a single charge. It’s the first time a car-maker has achieved that range in an electric vehicle. What’s more, the development also produces better and faster performance.

The upgraded battery will not just help mitigate anxiety among drivers when they travel longer distances in an electric car, but it could accelerate the growth of the clean energy sector in our region and beyond. These examples illustrate how innovation today will drive advances tomorrow.

Published: August 24, 2016 04:00 AM

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