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Nanostructures Could Make Electric Cars Cheaper [Headlines]

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A Chinese startup found that using electrode materials and batteries can deliver large bursts of power to start electric cars while cutting manufacturing costs by 10%. A cost-efficient way to drive green.

Valentina Park
  • 14 july 2011

A Beijing startup called Wuhe is making electrode materials and batteries that could lower the cost of electric vehicles. The company uses nanostructures for battery materials that, like other recent nanostructures, let the materials deliver the large bursts of power needed for acceleration while maintaining energy storage capacity. But the Wuhe advance also makes the materials easier to work with than similar electrode materials, and as a result, it could cut battery-cell manufacturing costs by 10 percent. TechnologyReview

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