Researching electric vehicles at URI

20120112LuchtBatteryvideoIn today’s world, just about anything that can be plugged in and charged uses a lithium-ion battery. They work great for phones and laptop computers, but recently engineers have explored applications for li-ion batteries in cars in order to help reduce vehicle emissions and costs.

The batteries worked, but not as well as we would like them to. They can adequately power a car for up to 200 miles but, with the use of other modern vehicle comforts such as GPS and keyless entry systems, the power they provide is simply not enough. They are also quite expensive, and don’t last as long overall before they cannot hold a charge anymore.

URI professors Brett Lucht and Arijit Bose have been collaborating with multiple battery companies to make our vehicle batteries better for the future of transportation.