asimba2 wrote:The apparent lack of battery thermal management is a disappointment.
There's nothing inherently virtuous about active thermal management, and there are definite drawbacks. It depends on the needs of the cells. The new chemistry may or may not require it. The lower internal resistance is a good sign; at least in terms of heat from charging/discharging.
An ideal EV would not have, nor need, active thermal management. It consumes energy from the battery that is better-used for motion and complicates the life of the owner. One thing I'm quite happy with regarding LEAF is that I can leave it sit for weeks, and the pack still has nearly the same range remaining as when I left. Such cannot be said for a Tesla, for example.