John Goodenough is not a household name, yet the majority of households in the developed world make use of his discoveries virtually every day. It was Professor Goodenough who oversaw the major breakthrough in lithium ion battery technology during his time at Oxford University where he brewed the secret sauce for modern lithium batteries back in the late seventies
The case for electric cars may seem clear to many of us, even while the authorities and sworn petrol-heads refuse to see sense. The truth is that we rely on a handful of visionary industrialists and politicians to invest in infrastructure, publicity and incentives while we try to enjoy the benefits and spread the word
Not surprisingly with the amount of money in battery R&D, technological breakthroughs are happening on a regular basis. Many of these 'breakthroughs' will for whatever reasons not make it to market. We have reported on a number of battery technologies that look very promising and one that seems to be improving rapidly simply blows away the 'hours
Tesla Motors have signed an exclusive 5 year research agreement with Dahn Labs. Dahn Labs are a battery research group at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada headed up by professor Jeff Dahn. Global battery research has undergone a transformation over the past decade as the advent of electric vehicles and battery storage expand
We've reported quite a bit about batteries over the years with a lot of hopeful technologies promising greater energy density, lower costs and improved performance. Battery research has been frantic in the last few years with many organisations from IBM to leading universities to various startups vying for the holy grail of cheap, environmentally and operationally safe,
A study conducted in the US has come to conclusions which do not sit well with EV ownership depending on the source of energy. If an electric vehicle is powered via a coal powered power station the pollution results are worse than for a gasoline powered vehicle and cause 86% more deaths due to air pollution.
2017 Nissan Leaf The range of electric cars has been one of the major hurdles preventing greater uptake. Unless you can afford a Tesla (range of 500kms) you're currently stuck around the 160kms range with today's production vehicles. Although today's range is more than enough for the average driver range anxiety is a definite deterrent. (According
EV and hybrid sales are set to surge 67% in 2014 according to IHS Automotive. That's in comparison to just 3.6% increase in overall global production. The driving factors - tightening of emission standards, introduction of compelling new models, cheaper batteries and a big drive in China to help combat city air pollution. IHS reported: