Environment & Energy Report

Race for Next-Generation Battery Supremacy Has Early Leader

Jan. 7, 2019, 3:15 PM

To deliver an electric vehicle that’s cheaper, safer, and capable of traveling 500 miles on a single charge, the auto industry needs a breakthrough in battery technology. Easier said than done.

A worker moves a lithium-ion electric car battery under a Nissan Leaf in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Scientists in Japan, China, and the U.S. are among those struggling to crack the code of how to significantly boost the amount of energy a battery cell can store and bring an EV’s driving range into line with a full tank of gas. That quest has zeroed in on solid-state technology, an overhaul of a battery’s internal architecture to use solid materials instead of flammable liquids to enable...

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