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P:"This is the fundamental research that will make electric cars and energy storage feasible and let us crush countries like China that just produce things cheaply. Much better use of tax money than subsidizing Volts"

ANd, at the rate the Chinese are buying up American companies, they'll probably own the patent rights, and make the batteries in China and sell them in the USA.

The Volt battery is made by LG..a Korean company.

A123 sold out a good chunk of itself to a Chinese company that now has access to 500 million dollars of research and the patents from it (some from MIT)......

And those batteries are likely to still be expensive.

The problem with all car batteries is they consist of hundreds of cells of batteries...... so you have to make over 100 individual 1.5 or 2v cells, and then get them to all work together and consistently and uniformly....over 1000 plus charge cycles with almost no degradation.

You just don't make 1 battery. YOu make 100 or 200 batteries, and wire them in series and maybe parallel to get the voltage and amp capacity you need. Maybe a 1000 cells.

What was it? the first Teslas had 3000 plus LiON batteries out of computers??

We could go over lots of great things...that haven't worked...A123 and the nano-structures......which self destructed under high current load....

Remember SuperCapacitors? We were going to have super capacitor powered cars, remember? lots of promotion. Where are they? Still 'having problems'...duh!....

Don't count your chickens till they hatch.

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