Race is on for better Hybrid Car batteries

Race is on for better Hybrid Car batteries

Postby cacofonix » Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:16 pm

Friday, 20 June 2008

MCT - The latest potential alternative to the traditional petrol engine touted for the auto industry -- plug-in hybrids and their lithium-ion batteries -- may not change what most people drive anytime soon

Among those cautious about the potential for both is a company that should know -- Toyota Motor Corp, the world's largest producer of hybrids.

Toyota will introduce two new hybrids in January at the Detroit Auto Show, and both will use the tried and true nickel-metal-hydride battery that helps power the Prius. Neither will be a plug-in, whose batteries can be recharged in a household outlet.

Still the race is on to develop the lighter, more powerful lithium-ion batteries, despite obstacles including cost and safety concerns, said experts at a conference in Chicago today.

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Re: Race is on for better Hybrid Car batteries

Postby DR Johansen » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:53 am

From what I have read, A123 Systems has a Li ion battery technology that would make plug-in hybrids practical NOW. They have high power and energy to weight ratios, long life, and fast recharge time to 80% charge. I'd buy one NOW if they'd just get off their rear-ends and make one.
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