Sunday, 15 March 2009

charge my car will you? i'm off for a spin in a few minutes

The biggest limiting factors in a move towards electric vehicles, and indeed one of the fundamental limitations of battery technology itself, has been the fact that rechargeable batteries have only a limited number of recharges available to them and take a considerable amount of time to charge back up to full capacity. Various 'solutions' have been mentioned regarding electric cars, such as having 'refueling' stations along major routes where the entre battery is replaced. As regards the limited number of recharge cycles this means that we continually increase the amount of highly polluting battery waste. 

A major new development was announced earlier in the week in which, with just a small modification of the battery production process, it is now possible to build batteries which can be recharged at high speed and which have a longer overall lifespan.

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