Li-ion batteries were a massive technological step forward from NiMH cells but were not without faults of their own — like their tendency to explode. A new Lithium-Imide technology from Leyden Energy, however, send lithium-ion the way of NiMH.
Doubling the Li-ion battery life from five years, Hitachi reckons its new technology, which extends the life of batteries, will also cost less too – thanks to reducing the amount of cobalt used. Hitachi hopes to get them onto the production line in the next year. [Akihabara News]
Yeah, it’s significantly (10kg) lighter than its lead acid counterpart, but the trustworthy car geeks at Jalopnik insist there’s no way this thing is worth the $US1700 upgrade price. The phrase “overpaid, insecure idiots” came into play.