Storing large amounts of energy, whether it’s in larger rechargeable batteries, or smaller disposable batteries, can be inherently dangerous. The causes of lithium battery failure can include puncture, overcharge, overheating, short circuit, internal cell failure and manufacturing deficiencies.

Most of us know by now that Tesla car’s Panasonic lithium-ion batteries are located right underneath the passenger compartment.

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What type of batteries do Tesla cars use?

The batteries that Tesla has been using, sourced from Panasonic, for its Model S electric car are a lithium-ion battery with a cathode that is a combination of a lithium, nickel, cobalt, aluminum oxide.