In this age of skyrocketing oil and gas prices, such a proposition certainly
makes sounds attractive. After all, even the major car manufacturers seem
to be announcing or rolling out new hybrid cars or at least focusing on
smaller, more fuel-efficient variants every
In fact, some car makers will even offer
solar panels as an option on certain models of vehicles – though its actual
practicality is questionable.
Would such an approach work though?
Probably not, according to ZPower CEO Ross Dueber, whose
company is currently developing a new battery technology for use with laptops
that is slated to be available early next year. The problem here is that
such a monumental effort requires huge sums of money upfront -- not at the back
end. Dueber reckons that $300 million is only a fraction of what it’ll
actually cost to develop a new generation of superior battery for vehicles.
Dueber should have a pretty good idea here. After all, ZPower itself is in
the midst of creating a new page in battery technology with its work in
consumer-ready silver-zinc batteries. One of the key advantages of the
silver-zinc battery technology is that it is inherently safe from explosions or
from catching fire due to the complete absence of the relatively volatile
Another attraction of silver-zinc batteries lies in its power density.
It has about 40 percent higher density than lithium-ion batteries, with plenty
of potential to safely increase its energy density. In fact, the
projected improvement in energy density could hit two-times that of lithium-polymer
In addition, the key materials in a silver-zinc battery are also fully
recyclable. Unlike downcycled lithium-ion cells, which can no longer be
reused, the recycling process for silver-zinc results in materials that are the
same quality as those that went toward the initial creation of the battery.
Assuming proper recycling, the need to mine for new raw materials will be
reduced, certainly making it more environmentally friendly.
However, are silver-zinc batteries the Holy Grail in terms of battery
safety? Dueber was candid on the relative risks. He explained, “Keep in
mind though that we safely drive around today with highly flammable gasoline in
our tanks, so personally I'm not quite sure of the relative risks when
comparing lithium-ion batteries to gasoline.”
Still, there is no doubt that silver-zinc batteries do offer increased
safety and a higher energy density. Assuming production costs does not
prove to be a barrier; it is hard to see vehicle manufacturers not wanting to
switch over to silver-zinc at some point in the future.
When asked, Dr. Dueber confirmed that vehicle batteries are definitely in
their product development roadmap, though he was coy when it came to the
details. All that I could get was “timing is undefined pending our
success in consumer electronics.”
quote: The problem is making one that returns a profit
quote: Only drug users want drugs legalized.
quote: Why do you want it legalized then ?
quote: Talk to people who have been on drugs.
quote: Because its the right thing to do. The government doesn't have the right to play Daddy here.
quote: And don't give me any BS about legalized drugs will "increase violent crime". Anyone who wants to do drugs is already doing them. You can buy them on any street corner now.
quote: I have. Half my friends in college were at one point or another. None of them ever committed any violent crimes. Why should they be punished and possibly imprisoned, simply because someone else can't handle their dope?
quote: First off, you are so misinformed it's not even funny. Add the fact that you won't even look at a website and try to educate yourself is asinine at best. For every one of your 'examples' there are thousands of counter examples, not to mention the whole "I know a friend/family member/person" line of reasoning is retarded and has absolutely zero merit.
quote: Making the drugs illegal created the drug related crime we see nowadays. How many dealer related drive by's do you think there would be if you could get your drugs from walgreens?
quote: Certain people will take drug use to a point it affects other people, and I will feel the same about them as I do about alcoholics, work-aholics or any one else who takes things too far.
quote: By your logic (or lack thereof) we should outlaw sex because of rapists, food cause of fat people and pretty much everything else. If you haven't notice, everything can be overdone.
quote: In my country they have already done these tests. They have legalized harddrugs partially and it did not help. Drug addicts could get it for free so they won't have to steal or sell themselves. Guess what it did not work cause their way of life did not improve. Drugs changes you, mentally and physically. Period.
quote: ALso those criminals behind the scene don't change. Something you don't seem to understand. And i am not a usa citizen
quote: And it does not help. And as i sad, when you legalize it who do you think will start using it all the time. The children growing up or mature adults ? Right. There goes your future sociëty. And most adults aren't even mature enough.
quote: You people seem to only be able to see it from your own point of view.
quote: In my country they allow marihuana. Not a real problem. But it becomes obvious that children from broken families or children who have personal problems have a tendancy to smoke more. As they would do with alcohol. This is serious cause it is shown that most children have difficulty learning after smoking.
quote: Afcourse the exception on the rule calms down when smoking and learns better when smoking. As always there are exceptions to rules. I just want to say is it is not beneficial.
quote: To come back to hard drugs : You can throw around with websites but i see it in real life and that is way more important to me.
quote: Your blaming this soley on illegal drugs. I have to laugh. First of all, learn more about the history why those things like driveby's happen. That is more a cultural thing then soley a drugs thing. I see poverty. I see people without a proper education. I see people who would not get far even if they tried. I see people who have no hope for the future. All they see as a child is that that guy has it all and he just takes what he needs wheter someone agrees or not. And the snowball starts rolling...
quote: You are taking things out of proportion. Nothing to with that. Unless you mean the alcohlic who has to drink a few bottles of whiskey everyday. That person has a reason to do so and needs help.
quote: Meh, you really aren't worth the time if you won't even educate yourself, but I'm bored.There are more productive, happy members of society on drugs than there are extreme cases you try to represent as the norm.
quote: I seem to understand more than you. You are just like homer simpson buying a rock to keep the tigers away. Obviously if those people are strung out on drugs before they are legalized, then it is only common sense that they would remain that way after legalization. Regarding drugs changing you mentally and physically, well, duh, that would be the point of taking them. Drugs are not used to remain sober in case you didn't know.
quote: This is yet another place you are wrong. The criminals behind the scenes do change after legalization. In fact, again with this common sense thing, they are no longer criminals since what they are doing is not a crime any more! As far as dealers and the crime that comes with them, if the drugs are legal, no one is going to go to a dealer or their ilk to get the drugs pushed on them, they will go to an establishment, so there goes that crime as well.
quote: Legalizing drugs, FYI, would be the same as alcohol. 'Children' are not going to use drugs before their legally old enough any more than they already do with alcohol. The fact that you think adults aren't mature enough speaks volumes, but no, lets go ahead and base our laws for adults based on what kids do. You really seem to be off your rocker a bit.
quote: They allow marijuana? And your society DIDN'T crumble?? Yes, it is obvious that people who have issues will turn to drug/alcohol/whatever to make themselves feel better. You, in your 'infinite wisdom' would rather take away that joy they have instead of fixing the REAL underlying problem that is putting them in that situation in the first place. Yeah, you really 'care' about these people, dontcha? Do you have anything showing that drug use inhibits learning or is this just something else you are just pulling out of thin air?
quote: Yes, I can see what is more important to you: living in ignorance. You seem unable to look past the surface of an issue and see the root cause. It sounds to me like you are just pissed that your friends aren't the same as they used to be.
quote: lol, get a clue dude. Perhaps you need to learn a little history. Before prohibition in the U.S., how much alcohol related crime was there? How about during prohibition? And after? You honestly think drug related crime will not change if drugs are legalized??
quote: I'm not taking anything out of proportion. All of those things are just like drugs, you just have been led to believe for so long that drugs are bad, 'evil' even, and so you continue to carry the misinformed torch. All of those things, as with most things (if not everything), is just like drugs, yet you don't want to prohibit them. Why? Being obese is just as likely to kill you. Why aren't there mandated diets?
quote: Some of my friends where not so lucky...
quote: car that can fully replace a current gasoline vehicle with the same or better range, features, fill/charge time, and performance would only harm GM if they released it.
quote: If it were my car, I'd much rather have a battery which isn't inherently volatile if damaged or subjected to harsh conditions.
quote: I'll take the risk of explosions with longer life over safe with short life.
quote: Senator John McCain called for a $300 million USD prize.
quote: Would such an approach work though? Probably not, according to ZPower CEO Ross Deuber, whose company is currently developing a new battery technology for use with laptops that is slated to be available early next year. The problem here is that such a monumental effort requires huge sums of money upfront -- not at the back end. Deuber reckons that $300 million is only a fraction of what it’ll actually cost to develop a new generation of superior battery for vehicles.
quote: Meanwhile China sits on the side, positioning their pieces and chuckles at our stupidity over the last 7.5 years.