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Takanobu Ito
Could prompt Honda to jump on the EV bandwagon

While Honda is usually a pioneer in the automotive industry with innovative devices and vehicles, the company has been a bit behind when it comes to EV production in comparison to other auto giants. Honda has posed the argument that EV vehicles are far from being successful because of a lack of any real advances in battery technology. Now, it seems as though Honda may be considering stepping up to the plate and attempting a battery-related breakthrough, and they want China to help.

"If there is a suitable chance, we hope to work with China to develop batteries," said Takanobu Ito, Honda's chief executive officer.

Ito's words have caused speculation as to whether Honda will produce EV's or not (on the condition that it can revolutionize the design of automotive batteries). This could put Honda up in the ranks with other automotive competitors participating in the making of electric vehicles.

Honda could certainly use the boost into the greener world of EV's, but choosing China as their partner in search of a better battery might be a problem since the company had to stop production in China due to three of its four plants going on strike in order to obtain better wages in the southern coastal province of Guangdong. 

There is no definitive answer or dates regarding if and when Honda will start EV battery research in China, but it seems as though they have some issues to iron out before the company can leap into a partnership with China. 



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Chinese tech?
By dardas on 5/28/2010 1:02:39 PM , Rating: 3
i can see partnerships with china can be very helpful when actually producing the batteries. they do have enormous rare-metals deposits, and manufacturing costs are tiny there.
but R&D?

seriously, it's been 800 years since china was at the forefront of technology in anything .

the only countries Japan need to ally themselves with are the US, Germany and Israel.




RE: Chinese tech?
By Anoxanmore on 5/28/2010 2:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
China is willing to do a lot in the health-care industry that the US won't touch due to our "morals".

So, yes, they can produce lots of quality R&D.

Just don't ask them to be on an assembly line ;)


RE: Chinese tech?
By gixser on 5/28/2010 4:18:12 PM , Rating: 2
Funny you should mention Germany. Take a look at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind10/c4/c4s5.htm

Seems the US spends the most on R&D, then Japan and then....drumroll...China. Germany is in 4th place.

China is a complex place.


RE: Chinese tech?
By zebrax2 on 5/29/2010 1:21:08 AM , Rating: 2
With over 1b in population a 1 in a million potential isn't that rare when you think they have over 1000 of them


RE: Chinese tech?
By tygrus on 5/29/2010 2:22:07 AM , Rating: 2
Do they have the best country-wide internet filter/firewall ?


RE: Chinese tech?
By AnnihilatorX on 5/29/2010 1:11:16 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, we are not trying to develop jump drive here.
China may be behind US for R&D, but you can't say a country with billion of people you can't recruit 100 bright minded people to work on a simple project.

China is closer to Japan geographically, is much cheaper to operate a R&D centre. Chances are you can find people not disadvantaged in terms of brain power. Go figure why.


RE: Chinese tech?
By mxnerd on 5/30/2010 2:36:36 PM , Rating: 3
You are absolutely wrong about China's R&D. They maybe still behind on many things, but they are catching up fast.

With population 4 times of U.S., they can afford to have 1 smart person out of 40 people instead 1 out of 10 in the U.S. and still have same no. of smart people as U.S.

Numbers do count. Just keeps laughing at "3rd world" and U.S. will lose in no time. Just look at U.S. car manufacturers.


RE: Chinese tech?
By mindless1 on 5/31/2010 4:51:10 PM , Rating: 2
You're implying the "smart people" want to work on battery research. Most smart people would rather relax and let their self-owned businesses make them money.


So...
By phazers on 5/28/2010 12:51:28 PM , Rating: 2
Whatever happened to all those nano-tech batteries that DT used to post article after article on? IIRC a couple years ago DT had an article on research concerning nanotube particles being added to LiOn batteries to increase their charge capacity 10x.

What about some updated articles, DT??




RE: So...
By alanore on 5/28/2010 1:19:40 PM , Rating: 2
Battery technology move so slowly in comparison to the devices that use them.

A lot of the articles on DT were about technologies that were just emerging and still had a significant amount of time until they are viable. I dont think any of them were overnight game changers, I think we're just likely to see batteries getting slightly better year on year.


RE: So...
By rzrshrp on 5/28/2010 1:22:26 PM , Rating: 2
Just don't believe it until you see it. I'm sure that companies make their fantastic press releases so that investors can buy into them. Not sure when we'll ever really get our 100X capacity batteries and super-cheap solar panels.


RE: So...
By MrTeal on 5/28/2010 2:40:03 PM , Rating: 2
This sounds familiar...

http://www.xkcd.com/678/


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