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Battery Lab Could Help GM Reach EV Vision

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Charles Murray
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Re: cooperation needed
Charles Murray   10/2/2013 8:19:16 PM
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Back in about 1990, Nadine, the Big Three formed the United States Advanced Battery Consortium, which has had some positive effect. The Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency also has a program going, which was formed more recently. As you say, though, it's been slow. Battery development is hard. See links below.

http://www.uscar.org/guest/view_team.php?teams_id=12 

http://www.arpa-e.energy.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/RANGE_ProjectDescriptions_082013.pdf

naperlou
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Re: The future is still to be determined
naperlou   10/2/2013 5:07:12 PM
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tekochip, I recall reading about nuclear batteries a long time ago.  They were based on radioactive decay.  I am not sure that fusion will fit in a car (once they make it work).

Maybe this is the solution.

Rob Spiegel
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Testing the work of others
Rob Spiegel   10/2/2013 4:24:07 PM
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Nice article, Chuck. What I find interesting here is the commitment GM is giving to thew work of others. With the size of this lab, it would initially seem this is for development. But no, it's a testing lab. That's impressive.

tekochip
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Re: The future is still to be determined
tekochip   10/2/2013 11:21:26 AM
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It's all about the battery.  The rest of the technology has reached the point where the efficiencies and power output make the system viable.  There just needs to be a power source. 

Mr. Fusion?

NadineJ
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cooperation needed
NadineJ   10/2/2013 11:06:11 AM
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I can't help but wonder how much farther along the technology would be if manufacturers worked together or if an outside company took over to develop the technology for the entire industry.

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The future is still to be determined
naperlou   10/2/2013 9:30:51 AM
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Cap'n, as you have pointed out, the future of pure EVs is not looking great.  The battery technology is not progressing as fast as needed to make this viable.  Even some of the EV proponents are admitting that these are second, commuter cars (so, why are we subsudizing $80K Teslas?). 

Researching batteries is a very important endeavor.  I think that batteries will be a part of the automobile system for the foreseeable future.  It is important for companies like GM to test and characterize these systems for themselves.  This is too important to leacve to suppliers.

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