Technology Corporation (LTC) has announced its new line of batteries to be used
in all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. LTC's battery packs are composed
of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) cells.
made of LTC's cells can provide 3000 charging cycles, which would be able to do
150,000 miles to 80% capacity for a 100 km or 60 mile all electric range plug
in hybrid, which no other technology can claim," said Dr. Andrew Frank,
Professor, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of
the power of its new LiFePO4 cells, LTC rolled out a retrofitted Toyota Prius
with plug-in capabilities. The 7 kWh battery is made up of 63
LTC LiFePO4 cells and boosts the Prius from 46MPG combined (city/highway)
unclear whether LTC is citing the old 2007 EPA mileage estimates or the new 2008 EPA estimates
which aren't very kind
to hybrid-electric vehicles. If LTC is still citing 2007 EPA estimates, the
retrofitted Prius would still likely achieve 100MPG+ when taking into account
use of lithium-based batteries give hybrid vehicles more power and endurance to
run longer on battery power, it appears that Toyota may actually be shying away
from the technology for its next-generation Prius
and other hybrid vehicles. Nikkan Koyogo,
a Japanese newspaper, reports that Toyota may be postponing the use of
lithium-ion batteries due to safety issues.
company has seen a rise
in vehicle recalls in recent months. And just recently, the company
admitted that a manufacturing defect from its supplier has led to camshaft
failures in its brand new 5.7 liter V8 engine.
potential widespread recall due to the batteries used in its high-profile Prius
could do some serious damage to the company's reputation, so Toyota is likely
trying to play it safe.