The lack of efficient and dependable batteries limits the development of everything from electronics to hybrid vehicles. But new designs are offering better, safer alternatives.
Just as the company makes engines, it will now make battery packs for electric cars.
A startup reports progress on a battery that stores more energy than lithium-ion ones.
A new lithium-ion battery from A123 Systems could help electric cars and hybrids come to dominate the roads.
New lead-acid batteries could achieve high performance.
New materials improve the reliability, safety, and storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries.
A delayed battery technology may indeed be on the way.
A Texas company says it can make a new ultracapacitor power system to replace the electrochemical batteries in everything from cars to laptops.
Silver-zinc battery chemistry could replace lithium ion in laptops and other electronics--if such batteries can be made cheaply enough.
The technologies behind the battery packs for the GM Volt are being tested and could be ready within a year.
Nanowire electrodes could improve the performance of electric vehicles.
Combining different battery technologies could improve vehicle performance and reduce costs.
Researchers show a low-cost route to making materials for advanced batteries in electric cars and hybrids.
Researchers at MIT used a virus to assemble two major components of a working microbattery.
Hybrids, plug-ins, and extended-range electric cars are hitting the market. Use this interactive primer to learn how they work.
Boston-Power ramps up production of its long-lasting battery.
European researchers have built prototypes that combine plastic solar cells with ultrathin, flexible batteries. But don't throw away your battery recharger just yet.
By measuring nanoscale forces, researchers learn to make lithium-ion batteries that pull themselves together.
Recent advances in battery chemistry and systems design could lead to working prototypes by year's end.
Thin-film technology is still expensive, but it could soon run remote sensors and medical implants--and one day electric vehicles.
A startup says its solid polymer electrolytes will mean cheaper, more-reliable batteries.
The company hopes to develop powerful, lightweight lithium-air batteries.
Lithium sulfur promises a longer charge, and safer operation, compared to standard lithium batteries.
Battery breakthroughs could lower costs and improve performance for electric vehicles and renewable energy storage--but commercializing these new technologies will be challenging.