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The Cost Dilemma: Why Are Batteries So Expensive?

The Cost Dilemma: Why Are Batteries So Expensive?

Mar 14, 2011

            As battery and fuel researchers, there is one question we frequently get asked (especially during Thanksgiving and other family gatherings):  “What will it take for electric vehicles (EVs) to become affordable for the common man?”  Currently, with battery costs alone comprising an estimated 25-50% of...

The Innovation Landscape for Lithium-Ion

The Innovation Landscape for Lithium-Ion

Nov 28, 2010

This winter, the weekly visit to the gas station will become a distant memory to some drivers when one of the first all-electric vehicles, the Nissan Leaf, rolls off the production line and into driveways. Promising a 100-mile range, the Leaf boasts a lithium-manganese oxide battery with an unprecedented low cost of roughly $400/kWh (the current price for...