With billions upon billions of dollars up for grabs as automakers worldwide move toward hybrid and all-electric vehicles, the race between battery manufacturers to develop a better, more eco-friendly automobile battery continues to heat up. Among them is Hitachi Ltd., the Japan-based company now claiming to have developed the world’s most efficient lithium-ion battery for hybrid cars. This comes as Hitachi recently went through a restructuring of their operation, a move they said would better position themselves for the years ahead
Hitachi claims their newest lithium-ion battery to have an output density of 4,500W; a nearly 70% improvement over previous Hitachi batteries. They cite that they’ve improved upon the lifespan of the battery by 20% which would see it last beyond the 10 year mark. Hitachi plans to make the battery available commercially sometime by the middle of next year. Around that same time they will also be releasing a more affordable version of the new prototype; one that is expected to have an output density of 2,250W.
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