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Cabe Atwell
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Re: Long haul
Cabe Atwell   3/26/2014 4:35:11 PM
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New battery tech is like graphene applications - the tech is there but implementation is years away.

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Re: Long haul
Pubudu   3/26/2014 1:21:53 PM
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Nancy Yes if it is workable all the other issues can be address later and fine tune the product with the existing technology. 

Pubudu
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Re: Long haul
Pubudu   3/26/2014 1:11:13 PM
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Yes taimoortariq, since this is a new technology it will take some more time to test and put as a final product to the market. 

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Re: Long haul
Pubudu   3/26/2014 12:41:25 PM
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True Charles I also agree with you on this, I am also pretty sure that Volkswagen will do a difference with this as a market leader.

Nancy Golden
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Re: Re : Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
Nancy Golden   3/26/2014 12:35:23 PM
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Charles, I think there is a fine line betweeen journalistic responsibility for ethical reporting and the enthusiasm and vision that often propels technological advances. As long as the reporter is making it clear that what they are reporting are goals that are being worked towards - a thinking person should be able to distinguish between reserach and development and all that it entails and actually reaching a goal. It reminds me of the space race really - we need to dream big but we need to understand the "bigness" of the task.

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Re: Long haul
Nancy Golden   3/26/2014 12:30:28 PM
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While I agree with your first statement, taimoortariq, I do disagree with your second. While obviously you can't move forward with a product if it is not functional, non-functional issues can be very challenging - especially in regards to safety or even size/weight/environmental limitations. Sometimes getting it to work is the easy part, getting it to work within the requisite non-functional parameters that are required for a given application is the hard part.

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Re: Re : Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
taimoortariq   3/26/2014 12:30:47 AM
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Good point Andy, generally the news tend to create unnecessary hype about the technology that makes people curious about it. Being quite about it is a good sign.

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Re: Long haul
taimoortariq   3/26/2014 12:23:02 AM
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You are right nancy, first thing they need to worry about is making the chemistry work. It is the biggest challenge that is yet to over come. Other non functional issues are relatively not much of a challenge.

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Re: Re : Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
Charles Murray   3/25/2014 6:15:21 PM
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AnandY, your comment reminds me of a statement made by a professor at Texas A&M, who blames reporters' zeal for much of the misinformation about electric cars. "Here, we are dealing with media sensationalism," said Mehrdad Ehsani, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M, in a recent article. Ehsani says that reporters are derelict because "they are not really responsible five years from now for what they've said about electric cars."

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Re : Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
AnandY   3/25/2014 5:12:35 AM
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@ Charles Murray, I have the same feeling that they might eventually succeed in making it work because of their attitude. Saying little about something that has a long way to go is the right way to go. There is no point in touting something that is still in the experimental and development stages. They will avoid the pressure that is often created by being in the news.

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