Battery Industry Projects in the $2.4 Billion Electric Vehicle Initiative

By David Herron on August 10, 2009

It is the battery which makes an electric vehicle go. The electronics of sending an electric current through an electric motor to spin wheels is very well understood and has been used in vehicles for over a hundred years. Key among the technological advances enabling todays electric vehicles to begin to be practical is the higher energy density of lithium batteries. Most of the advanced battery companies are outside the U.S., primarily in China. There is an obvious strategic imperative to think about. With a goal to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil, it would be a bad move to create a dependence on foreign batteries.

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