Recently there has been news releases of a new technology that promises a 500 mile battery. Nikki Gordon-BloomField writes this piece questioning the logic of such a batter. She say it may make more sense to go with a smaller battery that better meets people's driving habits. In addition, smaller makes the car lighter and therefore more efficient, and less expensive. What do you think?
For me, I think another important question is how to recharge such a battery. It's going to require a lot of electrons, and to recharge in a reasonable time will require massive recharging capabilities. In this regard I believe the Volt's extended range concept make more sense. That is, majority of driving on electricity, and the occasional long trip using gas, but still retain the premium feel of an electric drive via a serial hybrid drivetrain. This is the future, it will give the ordinary person the mobility they require while reducing oil consumption and improve the environment without requiring major infrastructure outlays.