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500 Mile Lithium-Air Car Battery in the Works

Lithium Air Battery Activity Flow ChartWhat is a Lithium-Air Battery? What does it have to do with cars? NYTimes.com reports that IBM’s R&D department is determined to find out if lithium-air battery can become a commercial reality and give us 500 miles on a single charge for a car.

While theoretically impressive with the energy possibilities, Li-Air batteries for vehicles could be the wave of the future, since one of the elements used in the process is Oxygen, which is of course readily available in the air we breathe. Winfried Wilcke was asked about the research IBM is doing and had this to say as a final thought on the project:

In three years, Wilcke said, he should have enough information to either advance the technology with IBM’s commercial partners, or to say, “Nah, doesn’t work, shut it down. I’m perfectly willing to do the latter if it turns out to be the right thing to do.”

Read the entire article at NYTimes.com here.

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