I was talking with a friend of mine who specifies battery technologies for a living. Our conversation drifted to the topic of electric vehicles and, more specifically, the batteries for them.
I suggested the idea that many times the good old lead acid battery is hard to beat for many applications, even ones with severe weight requirements because:
- Joule for joule they are heavier than newer battery types include Lithium chemistry variants, but they are not an order of magnitude heavier
- Most everyone knows how to deal with a lead acid battery
- The recycling process is very mature – at least in the US
- Within practical limits, lead acid batteries handle over charging
- Vehicle electrical systems are most often designed with the expectation a lead acid battery is strapped across the bus to help regulate the voltage
My friend added some more thoughts on why it is, perhaps, folly to think Lithium batteries will fulfill the goal of replacing today’s vehicles with all electric versions…
- There is only so much Lithium in the world
- There is not enough Lithium to make enough batteries to replace even a fraction of today’s vehicles
- With a couple of exceptions, Bolivia has a large share of the world’s Lithium reserves and may become the new OPEC leader of Lithium
The particular post came about after reading this interesting article…
…which describes some promising enhancements to the good old lead acid battery.
I wonder if Axion Power is publicly traded…