Getting Charged Up About Lithium

Currently 20 to 25% of lithium goes for portable electronics, and if electric cars really take off, lithium will get huge - imagine how many laptop batteries it takes to run a car. Answer: 6831 in the Tesla.

Published: 26-Jul-2008

Coming soon - a new excuse for not going to work:

"Sorry I can't come in to work today; my teenager borrowed the car last night and forgot to plug it in."

With General Motor's (GM) announcement Tuesday of its plans to work with the Electric Power Research Institute and 34 utility companies across the country, the prospect of a plug-in hybrid in my garage gets a little closer. There are still hundreds of details to work out - from the technical issues to business models to my need for 4-wheel drive - but it's starting to seem like a certainty.


38 kg (88 lbs) micro streamliner reaches 122km/h (75mph) on 192 AA batteries.

The phosphate-based Epoch batteries are equipped with an advanced management system that will monitor and adjust cell performance.

The battery system was developed by CSIRO in Australia, built by the Furukawa Battery Company of Japan and tested in the United Kingdom through the American-based Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium.


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