In another segment of “Who Killed theHydrogenCar?” it has been brought to my attention by someonereplying to apost on this blog that hydrogen cars are dead and carswithnano-lithium (LiFePO4) battery technology will take overtheworld.
As a little background, lithium ironphosphate(LiFePO4) batteries, or nano lithium-ion batteries as theyaresometimes called, are the newest generation ofrechargeablebatteries on the market, yet they are not widelyavailable as ofyet. But, this is about to change. In 2002,engineers at MIT dopedthe batteries with such materials as aluminumto achieve higheroutput and more recently carbon black and graphitehave been usedfor greater results.
Taiwanese company Pihsiang Energy Technology
has already demonstratedelectricscooters and bicycles using LiFePO4 technology. Currently,the nanolithium iron phosphate battery technology is being appliedto thecompany’s production model handicapped electric scooters andin thenear future, electric bicycles with this technology will beinproduction as well.
Another company, A123Systems
of Boston, Massachusetts, was just paid a visit byPresident Bush,who expressed interest in their LiFePO4 technologyfor plug-inhybrid electric vehicles. A123 Systems has developed aprototypeusing the lithium iron phosphate battery technology tocreate aBattery Range Extender Module that may one day help hybridvehiclesachieve mileage of up to 150 mpg.
Why does electric car technology and hydrogencartechnology have to be mutually exclusive? Why notcombinetechnologies for the best of both worlds? Like I’veadvocated forbefore, the most effective combination would beplug-in hybridelectric hydrogen vehicles for zero emissions, longrange and quickrefueling.