Batteries for electric transportation: Get the chemistry right

Quoting analyst James Frith from BNEF on Twitter, “the global electrification revolution would not be possible without batteries”. In line with the Paris Agreement- where nearly 200 countries signed an international treaty to combat climate change – the push for battery powered vehicles, from PHEV to BEV, is strongly underway. But new types of batteries are constantly being developed. This blog describes a short history of battery technologies and stresses that “It Is All About The Chemistry”!

Of course, all Internal Combustion Engine vehicles already have a battery, typically with lead acid chemistry, which powers the ignition system to start the engine and support accessories like lights, indicators and the car warning system. Despite their low price these batteries were never seriously considered as a source of power to assist the vehicle’s propulsion due to their low capacity, but are still used as auxiliary batteries. 

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