Mar 11, 2008

Exxon's Efforts Into the Hybrid Car Market

Exxon-Mobil Corporation, US's largest refiner and one of the world's largest oil companies has been carrying out research in technologies that can improve Lithium-ion batteries - the mainstay of many hybrid car propulsion systems. Exxon scientists are basically developing a plastic film separator that serves as a major component in Li-ion batteries. Li-ion batteries are lighter than the commonly used Li-metal hydride batteries, but Li-ion batteries have overheating problems that have been causing explosions in laptop batteries. Anyhow, once the heating issue is resolved, the market for Li-ion should pick up and that is where Exxon's focus happens to be.
If the R&D into alternative technologies by companies like Exxon grow to be a sizeable part of their R&D then that augurs well for "green technology".
Read more about the article below.
Guess Who Hopes to Help Power New Hybrid Cars - WSJ.com

3 comments:

Pradeep said...

In related news, GM and Japanese car manufacturers seem to be betting on hybrid/electric cars rather tham fuel cell vehicles.
http://thefraserdomain.typepad.com/energy/2008/03/gm-toyota-dismi.html

tyre balancer said...

Hybrid buyers get a federal tax deduction and get purchase incentives. Commutes could actually be faster with hybrid vehicles, because you could take advantage of HOV lanes in certain states.

garage equipment said...

Hybrid cars get significantly better gas mileage than the traditional internal combustion engine.

 
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