Now that Tesla Motors has gotten loads of positive press for shoving 6,831 laptop batteries in a sports car to create its electric roadster, other car companies want to get in on the action. Specifically, Mercedes Benz.
Mercedes liked what Tesla was doing so much that they decided to just buy the lithium ion batteries from them outright. They're going to use the components to build electric versions of it’s a and B class vehicles as well as smart cars, with the resulting models hitting showrooms as soon as 2010. Nothing gets the wheels turning on the getting the electric car out to people like $4 gas, eh? We'll take it.