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November 13th, 2007

Cheap Dirty Fuels Versus Costly Clean Fuels

Abstract:
So why not electric cars? Are they an economically feasible and environmentally friendly solution to our dirty liquid fuels conundrum? Current battery technologies are not up to the task, but nanotechnology may now be coming to the rescue. For example, Phoenix Motorcars is ordering NanoSafe batteries from the Reno, Nevada-based company Altairnano to fuel its all-electric trucks. These lithium ion batteries can be charged in 10 minutes at a commercial 480 volt station or in six hours using home power. The trucks can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 10 seconds with a top speed of 95 miles per hour and can go 100 miles before recharging. Amazingly these batteries can be recharged 20,000 times. Typical lithium ion batteries can be recharged only 500 to 1000 times, and lead acid batteries won't last more than 700 cycles. Nanosafe batteries replace combustible graphite in typical lithium ion batteries with nanoscale titanium.

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