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Best for Batteries: Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

Best for Batteries: Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

Best for Batteries: Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold May 13, 2011 Enlarge image NREL's Advanced Battery Calorimeter has the highest-capacity chamber in the world for testing of this kind. From the bottom clockwise are NREL researchers Matthew Keyser, Dirk Long and John Ireland. Credit: Dennis Schroeder With average U.S. gasoline prices approaching $4 a gallon, drivers and automakers are thinking electric. Previously steered in this direction by concerns about pollution and dependence on foreign oil, consumer interest in electric-drive cars continues to surge. But before Americans are able to flip the switch from gasoline to electricity, automakers need batteries for the next generation of electric vehicles that can deliver the range, performance, reliability and safety drivers expect. The Large-Volume Battery Calorimeter (LVBC) a crucial tool to help put these new automobiles on ...

Full article: http://www.nrel.gov/features/20110513_calorimeter.html

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