Here’s some good news for supporters of eco-friendly electric cars. Nissan have been working away on a new kind of battery cell for use in e-cars, and claim that within five years it will be rolling out new batteries with twice the energy storage capacity than is currently available.
By their estimations, Nissan’s Leaf e-car could in theory travel 200 miles on a single charge.
The use of a lithium nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) oxide cathode is the source of the new boost in efficiency for the batteries.
Though the batteries should cost no more to make than the ones currently in use, it’s unlikely that pricing for the consumer will reflect this. Different kWh capacities could easily come with different price-tags, though Nissan do have plans to lease out the batteries, allowing current e-car drivers to upgrade more economically.
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Via: Reg Hardware