Mitsubishi to Build Lithium Ion Car Batteries

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries aims to start mass production of lithium ion batteries for cars in 2010, Japan's largest machinery maker said Tuesday.

Published: 24-Jan-2007

The rechargeable batteries would be sold to automakers for use in electric and gas-electric hybrid vehicles.

The car industry is abuzz with talk of the potential for plug-in hybrid cars, and lithium ion batteries are more compact than nickel metal hydride batteries, contributing to fuel efficiency.

But safety concerns such as overheating remain, and the technology is still considered too expensive.


Images of different types of carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes are key to MIT researchers' efforts to improve on an energy storage device called an ultracapacitor.

The glider-like plane with a single-seat gondola and a 31 meter (102 feet) wingspan was powered by 160 AA 'Oxyride' batteries.

A new lithium ion starter battery weighs only 2.5kg and is being used by the German Red Motorsport team in a Lotus. Conventional starter batteries for this type of application typically weigh from 15kg to more than 20kg.


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