Friday, February 25, 2011

Climate, habits affect life of electric car batteries

A variety of electric vehicles will hit the market this year, raising questions about the most critical element of any electric car: the battery. "If I want to buy an electric vehicle, I would want to know how many miles can I drive under real driving conditions, how long will my battery last and how long will the battery take to charge," said Venkat Srinivasan, a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California who writes a popular battery blog at www.thisweekin batteries.blogspot.com. More>