Powering the car of the future

You’re probably familiar with the electric cars that are slowly seeping onto our roads like the Tesla or Ford Focus Electric.

Your typical non-electric car will emit near 5 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and when you multiply that number by how many drivers there are in the world, that figure becomes scarily high.

Electric or hybrid cars are one way to put a plug in greenhouse gas emissions, but how do they work?

To understand this, you need to understand the batteries that power them.


  • Guoxiu Wang – Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney.
  • Peter Notten – Professor in Electrochemical Energy Storage in the Faculty of Chemistry and Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands.

Image: Håkan Dahlström on Flickr

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