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Battery for Next-Gen Cars

Zero-emission vehicles and green vehicles. That has become the buzzword right now in the automotive sector, just like what globalization is for newly industrialized countries and the developing countries in the 1990s. But getting there is a tricky process and getting a zero-emission vehicle is hard work. But this thing doesn’t deter our car manufacturers right now as they develop their own ways and means to make this happen, and it did! One such automaker that has joined the bandwagon is Nissan. The company is in this market as well, and one of Nissan’s plans is to start mass-producing lithium-ion batteries, a technology that is widely seen as key for the next-generation green cars. Before we dig on the news regarding Nissan’s plan to work on mass-producing the the lithium-ion batteries, it is logical that a description of this special battery should be in order.

A lithium-ion battery or known as the Li-ion battery is a type of rechargeable battery in which the lithium ion moves in between the anode and the cathode. The use of this kind of battery is popular on consumer electronics. But right now, as we all know its use is no longer confined on consumer electronics. We see this kind of battery on automotive applications as well. There are three primary components in one lithium-ion battery; the anode, the cathode and the electrolyte. The most popular material for the anode is graphite and the cathode is one of three materials. I could be the layered oxide, a polyanion or a spinel.

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