Dec 04 2011
According to Businessweek, Toyota and BMW are getting together to develop a next generation battery for cars. Toyota has struggled to find good batteries for its hybrid vehicles, and it is hoped that this venture will lead to lower-cost, higher capacity batteries. BMW will begin to supply Toyota with “clean” diesel engines.
One of the principal difficulties for electric cars since the beginning of the 20th century (when they competed with internal combustion engine vehicles) has been their lack of range. However, even (perhaps especially) with a longer range, many electric vehicles will still have long charging times, and at present charging stations are rare. Even if a better battery is found, will electric cars take off? Will plug-in hybrids become standard? How do you deal with the lack of a charging infrastructure?
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