Hitachi Speeds Into Hybrids with World's Most Efficient Lithium-Ion Battery
Some have written off the Japanese for lithium-ion (OK, only HyperMiler) but it appears they are not out of the game yet.
"According to Japanese Web site Nikkei, Hitachi's battery has an output per kilogram of 4,500 watts--70% more than its current li-ion batteries and 50% more than a new model that will be released next year. The super-battery has a lifespan of 10 years, so it can stay put in a PHEV for life (or close to it).
No word yet from Hitachi on pricing, but the battery, scheduled to be released in mid-2010, will almost certainly be more expensive than its less efficient counterparts. One thing is for sure, though. Li-ion battery makers like Johnson Controls-Saft and Blue Energy should watch their backs. "
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