Electric vehicles: Your questions answered

We answer your top questions on electric cars - on charging, on range and on battery life.

Nov. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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Designing batteries for easier recycling could avert a looming e-waste crisis

Batteries power much of modern life, from electric and hybrid cars to computers, medical devices and cellphones. But unless they're made easier and cheaper to recycle, a battery waste crisis looms.

Darren H. S. Tan, PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, University of California San Diego • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~10 min

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Better robot batteries get inspiration from body fat

Batteries that can conform to the shape of a robot's body double as protection and far more efficient energy storage could pave the way for new bots.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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New insights into lithium-ion battery failure mechanism

Researchers have identified a potential new degradation mechanism for electric vehicle batteries – a key step to designing effective methods to improve battery

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 24, 2020 ~4 min

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Red bricks can store energy just like batteries

A new method can convert 65-cent red bricks from Home Depot into a supercapacitor that can store electricity, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 14, 2020 ~4 min

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The UK plans to build huge batteries to store renewable energy – but there's a much cheaper solution

Grid-scale batteries could be at least double the cost of those in electric vehicles.

Andrew Cruden, Professor of Energy Technology, University of Southampton • conversation
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

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The road to electric vehicles with lower sticker prices than gas cars – battery costs explained

EVs will have lower sticker prices than gas vehicles when batteries are cheaper. Getting there comes down to knowing where to cut costs.

Shashank Sripad, Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University • conversation
July 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Space station motors take prosthetic legs to a new level

Motors first designed for the International Space Station can help people using prosthetic legs to walk with a more natural gait, researchers say.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~5 min

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