Issue Date: March 7, 2016
Lead makers fight to stay in batteries
Tesla, BMW, and other manufacturers of advanced electric cars have long bypassed lead-acid batteries as their power source and opted for more expensive but better-performing lithium-ion batteries.
Lithium-ion battery technology, which in recent years has received more than 10 times the R&D dollars of the lead-based kind, is now advancing at such a clip that it has also begun to encroach on traditional lead markets such as stationary energy storage.
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