Stanford university researchers have developed a new Lithium battery chemistry that has 10 times the capacity of todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lithium batteries.
http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/v3/ ... 7.411.html
http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2 ... 10908.html
http://popsci.typepad.com/popsci/2008/0 ... y-bat.html
The Stanford battery has PROFOUND CONSEQUENCES that can make EVÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s plentiful and affordable:
1) For a given Lithium battery pack sized for a particular application, for example an electric car, the Stanford battery will be 10 times smaller and lighter.
2) Assuming the fabrication costs for the Stanford battery are about the same as
existing chemistries for the same PHYSICAL SIZE, then for a given Amp Hour electrical capacity requirement, the Stanford battery will be 10 times less costly because the battery pack will be 10 times smaller with 10 times less material: VERY IMPORTANT FOR EVs
3) For the supposed concern that there is not enough Lithium in the world to be able to build battery packs in the quantity to convert most petroleum cars over to electric cars, the Stanford battery will allow 10 times more EVs to be in service with a given supply of Lithium. NOTE: The assertion that there is a Lithium shortage to prevent mass usage of EVÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s has not been proven yet, so it may simply be a ploy by the petroleum interests to mis-educate the public, i.e. a typical lie.
4) As a side note, it HAS been proven that a suitable Large Format NiMH battery was suppressed 10 years ago that enabled a full sized EV to provide enough driving range of 100 to 150 highway speed miles to function as a commuter car for most of us: The Toyota Rav4. Chevron owns the patents on the Large Format NiMH battery and they sued Panasonic for $30 million and had their battery plant dismantled. Could this be because of the certainty that a fleet of EVs would result in a reduction of gas sales at the pump? Incidentally, the Rav4 EV is proof that no battery research is required to build EVs truly useful for about 90% of us, as at least a commuter vehicle, most of our driving. Battery research, like the Stanford battery, can improve the application to make an EV useful for a lower cost or with a greater resultant driving range.
FINAL NOTE: Recent ads on Public Television by Exxon have been spouting the tag line that they are investing in Lithium batteries for hybrid electric vehicles. Why no mention of fully electric vehicles? What happens if Exxon acquires the patents and rights on the new Stanford Lithium battery? Will we ever see their use allowed in the full EV car?
You Should: MAINTAIN VIGELANCE on the Stanford Lithium battery. FOLLOW its progress. INFORM all your friends. SPAM congress with correspondence if it appears the Stanford battery is being sequestered.
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