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The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) is expected to be the most advanced energy storage research program in the U.S.

Argonne National Lab is jump-starting a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub that is expected to significantly advance battery technology for vehicles and the grid. 

The Batteries and Energy Storage Hub, which will be known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), is expected to be the most advanced energy storage research program in the U.S. It will offer the data needed for scientists to make huge strides in the energy sector. 

JCESR, which is ran by Argonne National Lab Senior Scientist George W. Crabtree, was chosen for a $120 million award over a five-year period. With this money, it'll bring together the efforts of other independent research programs for new battery advances.

More specifically, the advancements will focus on transportation and the grid. As far as transportation goes, research and development will work on increasing the electric range for vehicle batteries. On the grid side, increasing storage capabilities for energy-producing mediums like wind, solar and hydropower will improve efficiency and flexibility. 

This new hub falls in line with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) plan to focus 2013 spending on electric vehicles and grid modernization.


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RE: Better late than never
By Mint on 12/6/2012 10:56:28 AM , Rating: 2
Because they can't afford them and the cars themselves can't go as far.
PHEVs can go as far as any car. Pure EVs are useful to some. Cost will come down with volume, and lease rates (low due to high residual value of a lifetime gas saver) already show cost savings.

Let private investors figure out the issues
As mentioned above, it's a chicken and egg problem. The technology is already lifetime cost effective, but until consumer see proof of a battery lasting 10 years with 80%+ capacity left, and in turn see proof of a used EV selling for much more than an equivalent used ICE, the lifetime savings won't be enough of a purchase factor.

The Leaf is about to start US production and will lower prices in doing so. That volume-based cost reduction wouldn't happen for several years without the subsidies or the loans, and likely outside the US.

You're wrong about nobody wanting EVs. They're ramping up in volume faster than regular hybrids, and will continue to do so.

There are many, many models on the market selling less than 3,000/mo.

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