Today, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and Argonne National Laboratory have announced a partnership to develop advanced battery technology for automotive use. There’s no doubt that most of the biggest hurdles to overcome before electric vehicles really become a mainstream option for more Americans involve the batteries. Even today’s most advanced battery packs, made from lithium ion cells, can’t come close to approaching the total energy density of a full tank of gasoline, and that’s a problem that’s likely to persist for quite some time. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear puts the challenge this way:
At this time, nearly all large-scale advanced battery production is in Asia, with the United States having only limited manufacturing capabilities. To address this situation, the United States must quickly develop improved advanced battery technologies and significantly ramp up domestic production capabilities in order to become the hands-down global leader of these technologies.
This national Battery Manufacturing R&D Center will first focus on lithium ion batteries, but future technologies like lithium air and zinc air will remain on the radar. Full press release after the break.
[Source: Argonne National Lab | Photo: Argonne, CC 2.0]
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