Monday, July 11, 2011

Future of Electric Cars Hinges on Better Batteries

Electric cars are a game-changing technology with an Achilles’ heel — the battery. Current batteries are expensive and have limited range, making it hard to drive from San Jose to San Francisco and back without stopping to recharge. Experts agree consumers will never fully embrace electric vehicles until they can travel as far as a gas-powered car on a single charge. The Bay Area — home to Tesla Motors, Berkeley Lab and two-dozen battery startups — has emerged as one of the nation’s leading hubs of battery innovation. More>