Rob Puttnam, longtime insider at the International Lead Zinc research organization in Rayleigh-Durham, North Carolina, reviews the most significant breakthrough yet as lead-based technology takes a new foothold in automotive power.
On a wintry afternoon this past January, a group of researchers and industry executives gathered at the Millbrook Proving Ground near London to witness a Honda Insight complete the final lap of a 10-month, 100,000 mile endurance test.
The event was significant in that this particular Insight was the first hybrid ever to be equipped with a novel lead-acid battery . . .