A UK research team has made a discovery which allows the production of lithium-ion batteries, with the total production costs going at about a third of what the current batteries cost to make. The discovery is the result of collaboration between QinetiQ, Ricardo – a transport technology company, and the Energy Saving Trust.
The battery has been in development for two years now, and the revolutionary in it is the chemical composition and the battery management system. Currently, one of the bigger problems with hybrid vehicles is that, because their batteries cost so much, the vehicles end up costing more than their gasoline counterparts as well.
The new batteries use an alternative lithium ion sulphide which costs less to produce than the lithium cobalt oxide cells which most electric vehicles use. The new cells should also be able to be produced with less energy expenditures, further lowering their cost.
This should be great news for nature lovers, as it will make hybrid cars more popular, when they become more accessible.
[ Via BusinessGreen ]