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New Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Significantly Extend the Range of Electric Cars

Posted By Ami Cholia On February 24, 2011 @ 2:28 pm In automotive,Green Transportation,Innovation | 5 Comments

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Range anxiety is one of the biggest hurdles facing electric cars today. For electric vehicles to truly become mainstream, batteries will have to provide a longer range and become much cheaper. Now, researchers [2] from South Korea have developed an advanced lithium-ion battery that has a high energy content and rate capacity — making electric cars even more competitive than their gas-powered counterparts.

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Using an electrode combination of a tin-carbon anode and a lithium-ion cathode, researchers have created a battery that can store more energy and is smaller than electric batteries currently available. The high rate capacity also allows [4] the battery to be used in really low temperatures, which was another issue holding electric vehicles back.

“These unique features make the battery a very promising energy storage for powering low or zero emission HEV or EV vehicles,” they say. “This battery is a top candidate for powering sustainable vehicles.”

While conventional lithium-ion batteries typically have an energy density of about 120-150 Wh/kg, the advanced lithium-ion battery offers about 100 high rate cycles of rate capability and energy density of the order of 170 Wh/kg, reported IB Times. [5]

The battery is not likely to be out on the market for a few years, but this development is likely to go far in making electric cars mainstream.

Via IB Times [5]

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[2] researchers: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/115808/20110224/electric-vehicles-advanced-lithium-ion-battery-gm-ford-toyota-chrysler-tesla-prius-chevy-volt-green.htm#ixzz1Etqq857h

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[5] IB Times.: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/115808/20110224/electric-vehicles-advanced-lithium-ion-battery-gm-ford-toyota-chrysler-tesla-prius-chevy-volt-green.htm

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