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PNNL leads the charge for better EV batteries

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 15:29 -- Vic
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One of the United States Department of Energy’s national laboratories has been selected to lead research into designing an improved electric car battery.

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington is to guide a $50 million project over the next five years to come up with a smaller, lighter and cheaper battery for electric cars.

The aim of the Battery500 consortium is to create a battery pack with specific energy of 500KWh, bigger than current electric car battery level of 170-200KWh.

The battery pack could also be used to provide better rechargeable batteries for mobile phones and laptops and energy storage before it is needed for the grid.

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