http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPq1exwMaUs i ran into this from youtube, its reported by reutur about japanese car that use water. do u know if that car need palladium or platnium for catalyst? and how much does it requires compare to conventional cars?
The first production model plug-in is being manufactured in China and will be sold in the USA later this year. It will be using Valence batteries. As larger quantities of batteries are produced, prices will come down significantly. Look at what wide flat screen TVs sold for a few years ago compared to current prices. My first pocket calculator cost me $495 back in 1970. Today much improved models can be purchased for under $10. SS
Thanks for the early mentioning of VLNC. I did not pay attention. Now I recall I saw the name Valence a couple years ago I visit a web site talking about plug-in hybrids and they talk about battery from Valence may be one of the best candidate.
It remains speculative whether their product will be used by one of the major auto makers. As far as I know, there hasn't been any plug-in hybrid on the market yet. But there are already commercial production of hydrogen fuel cell cars.
I am skeptical about the future of plug-in hybrids. The battery pack is too bulky, too costly, to be worth the extra saving being able to use cheaper electricity instead of gasoline.
My non-plug-in Prius gives me 60 MPG. I think that is good enough. I do not want to pay $8000 extra to have the plug in options. $8000 is enough to buy 2000 gallons of gasoline and give me 120,000 extra miles to drive. No thanks for the plug-in battery.