>>And the WSJ today (12/30/06) categorically affirms that GM is going with the lithium-ion battery for its line of hybrid plugin cars. << (ar2743)
The only thing categorically true is that you are a fool and can not read well -- or are being deliberately manipulative. Also, you are obviously ignorant of -- or deliberately ignoring -- the earlier cogent discussions here about Lithium-Ion propulsion battery developments. Further, a far more informative article appeared in the WSJ a month before the subject article � it is fully consistent with the fact-based discussion on this MB at about the same time. (Notice the �fact-based� qualifier � much of the prior discussion was just as ignorant as your above incorrect conclusion.)
Here is the 12/30/06 article�s URL (will likely require a subscription to WSJ on-line), and the only pertinent clip re GM�s Lithium-Ion battery hopes (the rest of the article is a general plea for oil conservation and environmental concerns that would be much alleviated by plug-in hybrids): (**** highlighting added)
Wall Street Journal Gentlemen Start Your Plug-Ins By R. James Woolsey 30 December 06
<<<The change is being driven by innovations in the batteries that now power modern electronics. ****If hybrid gasoline-electric cars are provided with advanced batteries (GM's announcement said its choice would be lithium-ion) ****having improved energy and power density -- variants of the ones in our computers and cell phones -- dozens of vehicle prototypes are now demonstrating that these "plug-in hybrids" can more than double hybrids' overall (gasoline) mileage. With a plug-in, charging your car overnight from an ordinary 110-volt socket in your garage lets you drive 20 miles or more on the electricity stored in the topped-up battery before the car lapses into its normal hybrid mode. If you forget to charge or exceed 20 miles, no problem, you then just have a regular hybrid with the insurance of liquid fuel in the tank. And during those 20 all-electric miles you will be driving at a cost of between a penny and three cents a mile instead of the current 10-cent-a-mile cost of gasoline.>>>
First, Woolsey is NOT a battery expert -- second, he is NOT correctly quoting GM. GM�s Rick Wagoner made GM�s position re Lithium-Ion batteries quite clear in a WSJ article on 29 November 06 � see my next post.