I hope the fact that they're actually showing this at an industry conference means that these ideas are ready to move out of the lab. It's great seeing these advances - it's exactly what's needed to move the price/performance curve into the range of more car buyers.Looks like three different battery innovations with the graphene ball being one of them...
Certainly it could be done. Does it make economic sense? Probably not. Just as ICE cars are now converted to EVs for more than the cost of a slightly used OEM EV, someone might do it for nostalgic reasons to preserve an early EV example.Do we have any battery experts that can comment on a company's ability (down the road) to take a newer battery technology to the next level and create aftermarket replacements for just about any car without a need to change charging tech that goes into it? In other words, will a day come that perhaps an aftermarket solid state battery could be manufactured to go into a Bolt's footprint and still utilize the existing charge / discharge circuitry?
Well, fuel costs are their biggest expense so they have a vested interest in battery advancement.http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-01-29-Boeing-HorizonX-Invests-in-Advanced-Battery-Technology-Startup-Cuberg
Aviation seems to be really pushing the battery tech these days.
Yes, it seems like a new and better battery design is announced weekly. Still, with the hundreds of billions at stake in the battery market, it’s logical to assume that some of these new battery designs will actually come to market."...secured nearly $22 million that will take the battery pack to a commercial plant next year with delivery of batteries available in 2020."
That promise, and $5, will get you a cup of coffee at Starbuck's.
As a person who totally believed that IBM's Watson would never dominate "Jeopardy" and that reusable boosters such as those of SpaceX wouldn't happen in my lifetime, I'd be happy to admit intuitive failure yet again, look back in 10 years at the Bolt's battery as being very quaint.According to Nikkei Asian Review, Toyota Motors and Panasonic have agreed to set up a joint-venture company to manufacture vehicle batteries, with Toyota owning 51 percent of the company and Panasonic owning 49 percent.
Ars Technica contacted both companies to confirm the report, and we'll update this story if we hear back.
Nikkei reports that Panasonic would transfer ownership of five battery factories in Japan and China to the joint venture. The joint venture would start operations "in the early 2020s," and it would start producing "batteries with 50 times the capacity of those now used in hybrid vehicles, aiming to bring down production costs through higher volume," according to Nikkei.
The news outlet also said that the joint venture would be used to push forward the technology used in solid-state batteries. Solid-state batteries don't exist in commercial production yet, but they are theoretically lighter, safer, and have a more competitive energy density than existing lithium-ion batteries. Toyota has been working on such solid-state battery research for years. In 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported that Toyota was working on "production engineering" for a solid-state electric vehicle battery, which it hoped to commercialize by 2022.
Panasonic has extensive experience mass-manufacturing new battery technology, including through a partnership on the massive Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. So from Toyota's point of view, a partnership with Panasonic might be one way for the car maker to jump-start solid-state battery manufacturing. Toyota made significant strides in the hybrid-vehicle market, but when in the field of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), the company has lagged behind other companies.
Toyota leadership has historically favored hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as the future. Just last week, the head of Toyota's Fuel Cell system development, Katsuhiko Hirose, told The Drive that he expects fuel cell vehicles to eventually be cheaper than gasoline-powered cars and to be more universally practical than battery-powered vehicles.
Well, in ten years I will be the age my dad was when he died, so we may both be right.As a person who totally believed that IBM's Watson would never dominate "Jeopardy" and that reusable boosters such as those of SpaceX wouldn't happen in my lifetime, I'd be happy to admit intuitive failure yet again, look back in 10 years at the Bolt's battery as being very quaint.
https://qz.com/1650449/electric-airplanes-take-flight-at-the-paris-air-show/?utm_source=google-newscan fly 650 miles (1,046 km) at around 500 miles per hour (805 km/h) with three electric motors on the tail and one on each wingtip. The prototype carries a 900 kWh lithium-ion battery
Article doesn't talk at all about time needed to recharge the batteries.