Meet Tesla’s new weapon, a battery scientist

“Tesla Motors has signed a 5-year exclusive partnership this week with Jeff Dahn, a leading lithium-ion battery researcher and professor at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. Dahn is currently working on a project funded by 3M and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to develop longer lasting, lower cost lithium-ion battery cells.”

Fortune

Tesla Motors’ three-step master plan to accelerate sustainable transportation hangs on its ability to build a cheaper mass market electric car. The luxury electric car and energy storage company might have just found a new secret weapon to help it achieve those goals.

Tesla Motors [fortune-stock symbol=”TSLA”] has signed a 5-year exclusive partnership this week with Jeff Dahn, a leading lithium-ion battery researcher and professor at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. Dahn is currently working on a project funded by 3M and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to develop longer lasting, lower cost lithium-ion battery cells. The exclusive partnership with Tesla will begin in June 2016, once Dahn has completed the 3M research project.

Dahn’s focus won’t just be cost, nor will his research apply only to the lithium-ion batteries used in Tesla’s electric cars. His research team aims to increase both the energy density —…

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