20 November 2011

Will A Superbattery Save The World?

A new version of a litium ion battery that is supposed to increase energy density ten-fold and cut recharging time by a factor of ten could dramatically change how electronics from cars to cell phones are engineered.

For an electric car, it is the diffence between a 100 mile range and 8 hour recharge time v. a 1000 mile range and a 48 minute recharging time.

It is supposed to hit the market in about three to five years.

Batteries are really the only missing link in the transition from gasoline and diesel powered vehicles to electric ones, and anyone whose had a cell phone or laptop die on them knows that battery technology in the consumer market leaves something to be desired as well.

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