A joint venture between Johnson Controls and Saft Advanced Power Solutions is developing lithium-ion batteries for hybrids and electric vehicles. General Motors tapped the technology for potential use in its Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrid SUV. Lithium-ion technology offers advantages in packaging, energy storage and energy-delivery performance compared to the NiMH batteries used in hybrids today. The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium is supporting the project, predicting the extended range that comes with longer battery life will enhance the attraction of hybrids.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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