Electric vehicles have been around for some time. But a major drawback of these vehicles is that they can’t operate much long without recharging. As a result, an EV can be taken on a short trip but you can’t take a long trip on it as there are no public EV charging stations. However, IBM’s new EV battery may solve this problem. This new battery will enable EV to go on a 500-mile journey without requiring another recharge. This will surely help EVs get more mainstream.
This new battery that IBM is currently working on uses lithium-air cells. This new innovation allows a battery to store much more energy and achieve high energy density, all this while being lighter than conventional EV batteries. IBM hopes that it will be able to display a prototype of this new battery by 2013. However, an actual public model of the battery may come in within the next eight years, according to IBM. While EVs are still a very limited niche and very few users tool such vehicles, with the availability of this battery, the domain may expand, attracting more users to start using such vehicles.
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