New developments in battery technology promise low-pollution urban vehicles in the near future. Advanced ambient- temperature batteries such as zinc/nickel oxide could be available for urban vehicle propulsion within a few years. Good progress is being made on the development of high- temperature cells, using lithium as the negative electrode, a molten salt (such as LiCl-KCl mixture) as the electrolyte, and iron disulfide as the positive electrode. The lifetime of lithium/iron sulfide laboratory cells has reached several thousand hours, and the cycle lives have reached more than a thousand. It would be possible to have a high-speed (over 100 km/hr) electric automobile with a range of about 300 km. The higher performance batteries, such as the high-temperature cells, will require several more years of development, but may be attractive for potential use in electric family automobiles.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Dun Donnelley Publishing Corporation

    222 South Riverside Plaza
    Chicago, IL  United States  60606
  • Authors:
    • Cairns, E J
    • McBreen, J
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 56-61
  • Serial:
    • Industrial Research
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: Dun Donnelley Publishing Corporation

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097726
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM