It seems that at least one of the “Big Three” of Detroit finally has caught on. Yesterday at the NAIAS, GM’s CEO G. Richard Wagoner Jr. announced that it is opening the first U.S. lithium-ion battery plant. They will be making them to go into their Chevy Volt, due out in 2012. GM has already invested over a billion dollars in the eco-friendly vehicle. They will also be erecting a research facility. This is good news for those who live in the beleaguered state in terms of jobs and better news for those who want to go green and do it American.
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Ultra Motor will soon be releasing their A2B electric bike. The wide center stem houses the lithium-ion battery. When you get tired of peddling, the bicycle offers a 20 mph speed for up to 20 miles and can be upgraded with a second battery, basket, and/or rear carrier. The good news is that no license is required. The bad news is that it will set you back $2,500.00. Look for a September debut and remind yourself there will be no more high gas prices to pay, just a larger electric bill.
Stanford researchers have figured out a way to extend the life of lithium-ion batteries up to 10 times. Silicon nanowires will soon turn a 2 hour battery into twenty for cellphones, laptops, cameras, MP3 players, and other portable devices. Yi Cui, leader of the group, feels that the applications could include cars and storage generated by solar panels. A patent application has been filed on the Li-ion and Cui is counting on a current battery manufacturer hooking up with the idea. We hope so, too.
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Sony’s new Walk
man NW-EO13 set of PMPs has obviously been designed to include the princess in your life. With its 1 GB storage capacity, it can handle MP3s, ATRACs, WMAs, AACs, and PCMs. It features a color LCD display and FM tuner. Powered by a built-in lithium-ion battery, and with a size of merely 82.9 × 22.4 × 13.6 mm, look for a mid December release for 10,980 yen (~$102.00.) Perhaps your princess will grant you one of those Christmas favors you have been trying to earn for the entire year.
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