Batteries are the only Achilles’ heel in the otherwise impressive armor of achievement in electric cars, limited to just 100 miles to a charge. Yet Renault thinks by 2015, they will have increased their range to 150 miles.
First off, I hope everybody had a happy Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and now Cyber Monday (if you celebrate such holidays). I know I had a great time off, but I’m happy to be back writing about the cars I love.
Major manufacturers are experimenting with all kinds of different batteries, from lithium-ion to varities of nickel and more. I’m no chemist or engineer, but I do know that while a lot of people are interested in electric cars, paying full price for a car that gets a lot less range than a regular gas engine is a big problem for many people.
Renault realizes this too. Their all-electric Zoe hits markets next year with a 100 mile range, which is on par with the other major contenders. By 2015 though, they think they can bump the range up to 150 miles. Renault (and by extension their ally Nissan) are working on different kinds of batteries, including zinc-air and silver-zinc varieties. They hope that by 2025, battery pack range will have increased to 300 miles. That isn’t far behind what many small cars manage now.
Imagine 300 miles between charges. Who wouldn’t be happy about that?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.