Thursday, 9 April 2009

BASF Driving For Sustainable Automobiles


Some good news from the continent, the German Ministry of Education & Research has sponsored a consortium headed by BASF €21m to develop a new generation of high-energy lithium-ion batteries.

The aim is to develop batteries which will be capable of running hybrid and fully electric automobiles which are safe, highly effective and affordable. The aim is to develop batteries which will enable these vehicle to travel 200km from a single charge, by comparison to their current range of c50km using existing technology.

It's worrying though, that the more pressing concerns of where the energy to power these batteries will be sourced from is not seeing similar capital investment.

Nevertheless, hopefully this represents one step towards more environmentally focussed automotive industry and for more sustainably driven vehicles in the not too distant future.

Onwards & upwards!


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