Tesla seems to have found its match finally, but from perhaps the most unlikely of sources. Its Kreisel Electric GmbH run by three Austrian brothers who claim their battery packs perform better than anything that Tesla has to offer at the moment, Automotive News reported.
Kreisel Skoda Yeti vs Model X P100D:
While there is no way those claims can be verified via independent sources, some of Kreisel's creations are known to be setting new standards in the EV segment. For instance, of the around half a dozen EV prototypes they have created, there is the Skoda Yeti that has a range of more than 350 kms while the zero to 60 mph comes up in just 2.6 secs. With a 64 kWh battery pack, the Kreiselified Yeti has a top speed of 180 kmph and a charging time of just 2.5 hrs.
For comparison's sake, the new Tesla Model X P100D has a zero to 60 mph timing of 2.9 secs but a better range of 289 miles from its 100 kWh battery pack.
There is also the Panamera 4S that the Kreisel team have wielded their magic upon. As Kreisel stated, it was a tough job providing juice to all four wheels of the Panamera while ensuring the least of power loses.
In the end, it seems to be a job done mighty well, what with the 85 kWh battery pack enabled Panamera capable of a top whack of 300 kmph and a range of 450 kms. Charging time is a pretty decent 4.5 hrs.
Kreisel stated their thermal-cooling and patented laser-welding technology then ensures the lithium-ion cell preserve power better than those from Tesla. This allows them to have an edge over the American EV makers whose Model S and Model X are all the rage among EV enthusiasts.
Kreisel meanwhile also stated they have become used to answering an average of 20 calls a day from automakers all over the world. Those include the likes of BMW, McLaren and Volkswagen, who are seeking Kreisel's expertise in sorting out their individual EV offerings.
The company also stated they are furnishing an order from VDL Group for 2,000 electric powertrains for a fleet of electric Mercedes-Benz Sprinters in the Netherlands.
They have been operating out of a three door garage, but are setting up a new factory with an initial capacity of 800 megawatt-hours a year, one that can be scaled up to twice that in three months.