Volume 94 Issue 10 | p. 30
Issue Date: March 7, 2016

Lead makers fight to stay in batteries

Lead industry claims the metal can beat lithium in a new kind of electric hybrid vehicle
Department: Business
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: energy storage, battery, lead, lithium-ion, hybrid

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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