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02:07 pm: Smaller, lighter, faster, safer, higher energy density
and ready for market in "two to three years."

It also washes windows and tastes smoooooth.



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From:a_steep_hill
Date:March 11th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Hell, at those charging speeds it's basically an ultracapacitor, rather than a battery. If they can get comparable energy densities while maintaining that speed, that's a big win.

Thing is, though, that the lithium supply effectively puts an upper limit on the number of electric cars we can have in service at any one time. No body really knows what that number is, but the best guesses I have heard put it somewhere on the order of the number of cars in the US -- but for the entire world.
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From:mdrohl
Date:March 11th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Hey, if this technology will 'only' allow us to electrify every car in the US, I'll take it. But at some point in the near future someone is going to discover major new lithium deposits. There has never been as much profit to be made in hunting lithium as there is now. Think how much our knowledge of oil reserves expanded over the first few decades that we were addicted to oil. Or the lengths people have gone to to find every last atom of gold. If lithium is the key to the new energy economy, we'll find some somewhere, or destroy the planet trying.
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