Toyota Makes Breakthrough Battery Discovery, Hopes To Increase EV Range By 15%

spring-8_2007_12img_pano-cro Yes, you have read right.  Toyota has developed what it says is “the world’s first method for observing the behavior of lithium ions in an electrolyte when a battery charges and discharges.” Able to observe those ions for the first time in real time, Toyota researchers think they have found the reason why a battery ages. Once the breakthrough is commercialized, which could take “two to three years,” a new lithium ion battery could improve the battery-powered range of an electric vehicle by 15%, Dr. Hisao Yamashige of Toyota’s  advanced R&D and engineering division told a small group of reporters this morning at the company’s Tokyo HQ.

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