Argonne Researchers Hope Obama Budget Will Jumpstart Lithium-Air Battery

The lithium-air battery, with a projected range of 400-500 miles in cars, may eliminate the need for gasoline altogether.

Published: 04-Feb-2010

Scientists hope funding to develop an electric car battery that breathes air and could eliminate gasoline in the process will come with the $532 million allocated for Argonne National Laboratory in the proposed federal budget.

A single car can emit tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year. To curb the threat of these emissions, President Obama submitted a $28.4 billion fiscal year 2011 budget request for the Department of Energy to focus on research and development of clean and efficient energy.

Researchers in the Advanced Lithium Battery program at Argonne, operated by the DOE, are creating a pioneering lithium-air battery for electric cars. It promises to deliver at least five time more energy than lithium-ion batteries now used in hybrid cars.

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