21 Jul '11, 6pm

Plug-in batteries could be game changers, but it won’t be easy

Plug-in batteries could be game changers, but it won’t be easy

Plug-in batteries could be game changers, but it won’t be easy Just not cheap or energy dense enough A 300 mile, cost-effective battery probably isn’t just around the corner When will plug-in electric cars really take off? Basically when they offer the same range and ease of fueling as conventional vehicles claims conventional thinking. Oh yeah, and when they’re obviously more cost-effective. Of course, there is always the chance of a revolution in car consumer psychology, but the consumer studies offer little hope in that direction. Unfortunately, creating a cheap, safe, quick-charging 300 mile battery isn’t going to be easy. “It is a very humbling experience to work on batteries,” said Venkat Srinivasan , a scientist who leads the highly regarded Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies team at the Berkeley lab. “To make a good battery is incredibly hard, and t...

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