Toyota Motor Corp. has reportedly developed a new technology that may dramatically boost the storage capacity of lithium ion batteries, thus opening the door to more practical and efficient electric vehicles. Japan’s Nikkei business newspaper said the new technique eventually would allow lithium ion batteries to store 10 times the energy of current ones. This [...]
Are Lithium-Ion and Battery-Switching The Future Of The Automobile? Not If You Ask Toyota’s Bill Reinert
How to make tomorrow’s automobile more efficient and less harmful to the environment is a question that has some of the greatest minds around the world searching for answers. With everything from ethanol and lithium-ion to battery-switching being offered up as solutions, a true consensus on the issue remains to be seen.
With battery-powered vehicles inevitably becoming the standard method of transportation in the United States, the variables for this taking place are now centered around the ‘how?’ and the ‘when?’. According to a recent study from U.C. Berkeley; by incorporating a battery switching model such as the one developed by Better Place, it’s possible that by [...]
The race to develop a more advanced, higher performing lithium ion battery continues. Just a few weeks ago, Nissan found itself among the three recipients selected to receive low interest loans courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy’s ATVM program. As part of the DOE’s program, Nissan will be given $1.6 billion to modify it’s [...]
In an effort to further continue the research and development of advanced batteries for electric vehicles, the United States Department of Energy(DOE) has announced another $30 million in funding will be given out to projects leading the way in this cause. In all, seven projects have been selected for the investment.
The recently bankrupt automaker General Motors is going full steam ahead with it’s plans to expand its research and development capabilities for electric-powered vehicles. In order to do so, GM has opened a 33,000 square foot battery lab that is being touted as the“largest and most technologically advanced battery lab” in the United States.
“The battery race will be decided in the next decade” Wolf-Henning Scheider, Robert Bosch- President of Gasoline Systems “European and Asian suppliers will fight a head-to-head battle in lithium-ion technology” Karl-Thomas Neumann, CEO- Continental Heavy words are being used as the competition to effectively manufacture lithium ion batteries, especially for automobiles, continues to heat up. [...]
One of the major announcements that took place at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) currently going on in Detroit, MI is the confirmation from Toyota of it’s plan to launch an urban commuter battery-electric vehicle by 2012. The world’s largest automobile maker and manufacturer of the first mass produced hybrid vehicle, the ultra-popular [...]