There are two types of batteries that are currently used in Hybrid vehicles and Electric vehicles.
They are the nickel-hydrogen batteries and the lithium-ion batteries. They both have their good and bad points but the future looks to be in the direction of the latter.
The biggest manufacturer of the lithium-ion batteries is Sanyo and their main source of demand for these batteries is for use in laptop computers and cell phones. They are considerably lighter than nickel-hydrogen batteries for the same amount of output and this is one of the main reasons why motor manufacturers are excited about the prospect of using them in their cars.
Weight savings can be in the region of 400-500 pounds and more. Obviously weight will impact on the performance of a vehicle and it also affects other factors such as safety.
Sanyo has recently entered into an arrangement with Volkswagen whereby they will supply lithium-ion batteries for the hybrid and electric vehicles that Volkswagen will be producing.
Before Volkswagen starts using the lithium-ion batteries they will be using the less desirable nickel-hydrogen batteries in their forthcoming hybrids but most manufacturers see lithium-ion batteries as the only suitable solution for the future.
Currently Toyota hybrids use the ‘older’ technology and they will continue to do so for the short term as they have a product that is reliable and in demand. Other lithium-ion battery manufacturers are also teaming up with motor companies to take advantage of what will become a massive industry in a very short amount of time.
The development of lithium-ion batteries will only help to speed up the mass acceptance of electric vehicles.
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