In another segment of “Who Killed the Hydrogen Car?” it has been brought to my attention by someone replying to a post on this blog that hydrogen cars are dead and cars with nano-lithium (LiFePO4) battery technology will take over the world.
As a little background, lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries, or nano lithium-ion batteries as they are sometimes called, are the newest generation of rechargeable batteries on the market, yet they are not widely available as of yet. But, this is about to change. In 2002, engineers at MIT doped the batteries with such materials as aluminum to achieve higher output and more recently carbon black and graphite have been used for greater results.
Taiwanese company Pihsiang Energy Technology has already demonstrated electric scooters and bicycles using LiFePO4 technology. Currently, the nano lithium iron phosphate battery technology is being applied to the company’s production model handicapped electric scooters and in the near future, electric bicycles with this technology will be in production as well.
Another company, A123 Systems of Boston, Massachusetts, was just paid a visit by President Bush, who expressed interest in their LiFePO4 technology for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. A123 Systems has developed a prototype using the lithium iron phosphate battery technology to create a Battery Range Extender Module that may one day help hybrid vehicles achieve mileage of up to 150 mpg.
Why does electric car technology and hydrogen car technology have to be mutually exclusive? Why not combine technologies for the best of both worlds? Like I’ve advocated for before, the most effective combination would be plug-in hybrid electric hydrogen vehicles for zero emissions, long range and quick refueling.