Ted J. Miller, Advanced Battery Technology, Ford Motor

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 energy amount used in a US household daily.

Packaging of a Li-on battery modules must be out of vehicle crush zones.
Reducing size and boosting power of Li-on 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.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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