I’ve been super fascinated with battery technology as of late, and found this book well-reviewed on Amazon so I thought it’d be worth my while .. and it was!

Take aways

  • I had no idea that electric cars were attempted many times in the past, originally around the year 1900 (by Thomas Edison).
  • Battery technology only progressed when there was an industrial need or a government grant incentivized it (versus good old serendipity).
  • Best in class battery technology at the time of publication hovered around 200Wh/kg (Lithium carbonate). Technologies to look forward to include Lithium Air, Lithium Silicon and Lithium Sulphide (which could potentially reach 1000+ Wh/kg, in the territory of our good friend gasoline).