The Drawbacks of Lithium Batteries

America is working to move away from fossil fuels and toward plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. But, are we trading one limited natural resource for another?

Published: 01-Jan-2009

Lithium-ion batteries are now considered the best option for the next generation of cars. But where will all that lithium come from?

The quest for an affordable and dependable battery powered electric car is nothing new. It all started with Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and Thomas Edison.

And here's Ford's entry into the electric car market -- it was 1914 and Edison was promising ford a better battery. It seems Mrs. Ford didn't like driving those gas fueled "explosion cars" as they were sometimes called.


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.

The new batteries will make the GM Hybrid System nearly three times more powerful than the system it replaces. Pictured is 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line with Two-mode hybrid drive.

Dramatic developments in stored-power technology make electric cars more viable than ever. Pictures is Th!nk Global's new Ox crossover vehicle.


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