Ted J. Miller, Technical Leader, Advanced Battery Technology, Research, and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company, Sustainable Mobility Technologies Lab I explains and demonstrates current nickel-metal hydride, and developing lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technologies versus the challenges of a plug-in electric vehicle.
Ford’s goal is a 10-12 kilowatt hours battery equaling 25-30 miles of electric driving range. 10-12 kilowatt hours is the energy amount used in a US household daily.
Packaging of a Li-on battery module must be out of vehicle crush zones.
Reducing the size and boosting power of Li-ion batteries will reduce production costs, unlike Plug-in electric vehicles which need 50% more power and eight times the energy content than the current Escape nickel-metal battery gasoline hybrid vehicle.