26 Sep '11, 1pm

Solid State Electric Car Batteries Still 10 Years Away

Solid State Electric Car Batteries Still 10 Years Away

Solid state batteries could be seen as everything we're looking for from an electric car battery, improving on all the fundamental characteristics needed for electric mobility. Unfortunately, we probably won't be seeing them any time soon. The latest estimations reported by Automotive News (subscription required) are that solid state batteries will replace the current favorite, lithium-ion liquid batteries, between 2020 and 2025. So what is a solid-state battery, and what makes it better? Range, lightness and safety, in short. Energy in a solid state or "thin film" battery is stored, as the name suggests, in a thin, solid film. This is considerably lighter than a liquid electrolyte. As energy density is greater - up to 200 or 300 percent - more energy can be stored in the same space allowing a greater range without weight penalties. Thin film is theoretically safer too. Li...

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