Feeds

Battery boss says laptop power tech to drive most electric cars

Lithium-ion to dominate

Top three mobile application threats

'Leccy Tech A manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars has said that lithium-ion batteries will dominate the electric car market for the next 15-20 years.

The claims comes from Compact Power CEO Prabhakar Patil, speaking this week at the Reuters-sponsored Autos Summit event.

If Patil's correct, then it doesn't look like we'll be purring around the nation on fuel-cell powered cars for some years to come - or using Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) power packs either.

Certainly, the initial run of electric cars that are designed to appeal to mainstream drivers rather than the kind of folk happy with teeny 'leccy cars like the G-Wiz, are predicated on lithium-ion battery technology, typically backed up with a petrol-powered generator to boost the range when necessary.

Originally dismissed because of safety fears, lithium-ion technology developments over the past few years have ensured car makers are now looking at lithium-ion as a better choice than bulky but more stable NiMH batteries.

The lithium-ion technology - give or take a cathode compound or two - used in electric-car batteries is the same basic chemistry as the ones used in today's laptops and Small, Cheap Computers.

Compact Power is part of the LG combine - it's a subsidiary of LG Chem - and is pitching for business from major auto-makers who are putting the finishing touches to the electric cars they'll be bringing to market early in the next decade, cars such as General Motors' Chevrolet Volt and the Mitsubishi i MiEV.

Compact Power supplied battery technology for the concept version of the Volt and will supply lithium-ion battteries for Hyundai hybrids, due to go out under the Kia brand after 2009.

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'
LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane
Our Vulture 2 livery is wrapped, and it's les noix du mutt
Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS
SpaceX snaps smartly into one-second launch window
KILLER ROBOTS, DNA TAMPERING and PEEPING CYBORGS: the future looks bright!
Americans optimistic about technology despite being afraid of EVERYTHING
R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph
Swan dive signs off successful science mission
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.