When it comes to the batteries that power electric cars, researchers are charged up to find new alternatives to the lithium ion technology of today.
CRABTREE: “Running out of juice is a serious drawback to the present generation of electric cars. So what we need is a battery that costs a lot less, and carries a lot more energy in the same space.”
Crabtree’s team is looking beyond lithium ion batteries for the next generation of energy storage. The goal is to develop a battery with five times the performance at one-fifth the cost within five years.
CRABTREE: “If one could achieve that, then that would be the tipping point that would make electric cars really the choice for a wide segment of the market.”
By making electric cars more competitive in the marketplace, a new battery technology would greatly reduce the pollution from cars and trucks.
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