What You Need to Know About Electric Car Batteries

Temperature and rate of charge impact the useful life of batteries, EPRI expert explains.

Published: 24-Jan-2011

A variety of electric vehicles will hit the market this year, raising questions about the most critical element of any electric car: the battery.

How often do you have to replace the battery? Will it be recycled? Can you charge a battery even if it is not empty? How many charging cycles can the battery handle? Is it true there's a worldwide shortage of lithium?

Lithium-ion batteries can be found in all kinds of consumer products, from laptops to cell phones, and they also will be the power source in at least the first generation of electric cars -- an EV battery is really just a cluster of thousands of cell phone batteries packaged together.

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