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Discussion in 'Battery Discussion' started by Dutchie, Apr 11, 2014.
Interesting story about Lithium
BBC News - Lithium: A metal that floats on oil and powers our phones
Just read this story and was about to post. Very interesting stuff. There's even a subtle dig at Boeing and Tesla in the context of Li's volatility and fires.
We had enough of the oil wars. I just hope that we don't end up with Lithium wars in the 21st century.
I wouldn't worry just yet. The "big breakthrough" in batteries than finally triggers mass adoption, may well not involve Lithium at all.
And lithium is actually quite common. There's only a relatively small amount mined right now because there's a relatively small demand.
In his lithium/gasoline comparison, it might have been worth mentioning the difference in efficiency between electric motors and internal combustion engines. Gasoline's energy density is not quite so impressive when you measure it at the wheels.
Plus the lithium isn't lost when it's used. It can be recycled indefinitely unlike oil.
[FONT=&]Interesting "dual purpose" product - Not only can more cars be electric thanks to lithium, but those left behind with internal combustion engines will be less depressed thanks to lithium.[/FONT]
[FONT=&]Slogan - "Better living through Lithium - Whether you have an electric car or just wish you did". :smile:[/FONT]
Maybe Teslas should have an "exhaust pipe" after all. This could lead to "highways of happiness."
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