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A battery breakthrough that could bring electric cars to the masses

GIGAOM -- A startup working on battery technology says it’s developed a key breakthrough that could one day lead to an electric car that has a 300-mile range and could cost around $25,000 to $30,000. Envia Systems, backed by venture capitalists, General Motors, and the Department of Energy, plans to announce on Monday at the ARPA-E conference that the company has created a lithium ion battery that has an energy density of 400 watt-hours per kilogram, which Envia CEO Atul Kapadia told me in an interview could be the tipping point for bringing electric cars to mainstream car owner.
…current Li-ion batteries deliver an energy density of around 100 to 150 watt-hours per kilogram, while Envia’s battery can deliver 2.5 times that energy with about the same weight as batteries in current electric cars.


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golftellowcat
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2012 5:29:05 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2012 6:04:34 PM

innovations
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2012 5:07:41 AM

esquirrel: indeed no ready product, but GM is the biggest supporter and they are interested in this. So GM will drive this to the market as fast as they can.
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2012 5:06:16 AM

Hope it works in mass production. Could have lots other applications.
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golftellowcat
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:44:50 AM

Good news
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MelB70
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 4:36:35 PM

great idea, but I am thinking "Who is going to buy me a car" since I will not be able to afford that. And if I make payments, it will be worthless by the time i finish paying it off...
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E-Squirrel
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 4:33:03 PM

dal1 exults:

'could change gas crisis in hurry!'

Probably not in a hurry. From the snippet above: '...breakthrough that could one day lead to an electric car that has a 300-mile range...'

At this point, there is no ready battery product.
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 4:20:04 PM

i agree
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dal1
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 5:33:20 AM

could change gas crisis in hurry!
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 2:33:56 AM

Interesting... How soon???
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:39:53 PM

Cool
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us4usa
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:15:34 PM

It could happen and it could happen is my life time, well it could...
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:01:41 PM

Just what we need.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:01:06 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 11:00:46 PM

.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:58:02 PM

I hope it lowers prices, more than just a little.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:57:06 PM

we'll see
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Kmankeith
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:56:37 PM

electric cars will always just be a concept with a little traction every 15 or 20 years.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:51:30 PM

battery--batteries
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:50:09 PM

This could be good news.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:49:12 PM

I hope they are a bunch of private entrepreneurs and don't need government money.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:42:53 PM

Isn't technology great. They say it would cost 25-30k. Gm will tack on another 10k just for good measure.
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oh please
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:41:36 PM

Its all vapor-ware (smoke and mirrors) until the system is proto-typed.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:40:09 PM

Might as well be Popular Science. The word "could" is the teaser as it has for generations.

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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:37:46 PM

Could but will it?
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:33:09 PM

OK Mr. Kapadia, just let us know how much taxpayer money you want and President Obama will gladly give it to you.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:31:25 PM

ThAT IS WHAT WE NEEDED.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:28:09 PM

This could be really big
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:28:06 PM

The good thing about lithium batteries: if you go crazy, you can always swallow them.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:27:02 PM

I can hardly wait.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:25:31 PM

This technology may or may not pan out. But it's yet another example of government stealing from taxpayers to fund whatever they want. Private investors should be driving the economy, not Government Motors and DOE.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:23:20 PM

400 watt-hrs/Kg would be great and lead to many possibilities.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:23:09 PM

They'll still "burn" coal.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:21:37 PM

KEEP THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX!
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:21:35 PM

I...suppose...
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Oh that's great news...
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:19:35 PM

It's still a GM though..
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:18:55 PM

They need to do something - I'd never buy an electric car - I need more versitility.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:17:08 PM

I have not read anything about the efficiency nor affordability. Also concerned about what we do if electricity is not available. This is a real possibility with the shortage of all energy sources, for example, when disasters have already hit and will again. I am not an alarmist, just realistic.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:15:59 PM

Electric cars are a moot point for the environment if we are still getting our energy from coal and natural gas. More nuclear/hydro/wind would be a much better answer than coal fired (electric) cars.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:15:22 PM

well don't look to gm for this
they stink
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:15:11 PM

1000 mile battery is pretty unrealistic and not really needed. For most commuters, a 100 mile range is adequate, and most electric cars can go much faster than that. A commuter car can be charged overnight, or while at work. For extended trips, fast charging stations or on board generation (via liquid fuel engine) is necessary.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:13:13 PM

Its too early to tell. But, lets hope it work
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:11:26 PM

Time will tell but to become a vehicle for the masses a 1000 mile battery will be needed. A car may have a 400 mile range on gasoline because of its tank size but after 5 minutes at at filling station you have another 400 mile range. That is not possible with an electric vehicle. Anyway if GM is a backer it is sure to fail.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:11:21 PM

Sounds like a good deal. However, I still think the hybrid is better for longer distances. (Spoken from the heart by a thrilled 2006 Prius owner who has never had a complaint about her car.)
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:07:44 PM

Yeah, its good for 300 miles.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:05:36 PM

Great news.
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:05:24 PM

Another Unicorn in the Land of Batteries....
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2012 10:04:59 PM

how safe, how long will it last, how much $ TO REPLACE IT...questions to be answered...BUT it's a start. keep it coming
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