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Toyota Eavesdrops on Battery Chemistry in Search of Breakthroughs - Electronic Design

Toyota Eavesdrops on Battery Chemistry in Search of Breakthroughs - Electronic Design

Toyota stumbled through the gate with electric vehicles, shuttering several pure electric models because of poor sales and instead pouring money into hybrids and vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells. But the company has not stopped studying the fundamental battery technology used inside electric cars. The Japanese automaker reported last week that it had developed a new way of viewing the movement of particles that generate current inside batteries. That insight is critical to understanding the chemistry of lithium-ion batteries and could guide scientists to advances in storage capacity. Toyota’s new tool allows scientists to follow the path of lithium ions flowing within battery electrodes. Those movements are extremely hard to detect, but understanding them could prove useful in testing new battery materials and structures that extend the driving range of hybrids and ...

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