A Quicker Test for Hybrid Batteries

It takes years to verify that a new battery technology will last for the life of a hybrid or electric car. That means battery materials that might cost less and store more energy than today's batteries are languishing on lab benches.

A new way to test lithium-ion batteries could cut that time to a few weeks instead of a few years, eliminating a key bottleneck that's keeping battery costs high and storage capacities low.

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