I saw the show last night. David Pogue narrated the show. They showed these "plastic" lithium polymer?? ion batteries with 2x density and no fire hazard. I hope the 2x energy density really holds up. The biggest problem with Voltec like designs is the volume taken up by the Lithium ion battery. The plastic lithium ion batteries were really cool! David Pogue had a great time hammering nails into the battery and cutting it apart, all while the battery kept powering an ipad, and without any hint of fire hazard.
Yes it was a good program. The "negative segment" (but relatively accurate segment) is what have many skeptics rightfully concerned. You only have to look to Samsung phones, "hover boards", Boeing airplanes, Sony laptops, and yes even some events with Tesla vehicles to see the issues. On the other hand, nearly all users of ICE powered vehicle have become comfortable with the risk associated with gasoline - even though that confidence should not be supported in the wrong circumstances. New technology always get the most scrutiny. Over the holidays I had an opportunity to discuss the difference between poorly designed battery systems (see my list above) and well designed battery systems like the Volt & Bolt managed cooling systems with some of my elderly (Fox News watcher) friends. Hopefully I won some converts or at least open some eyes.Long, negative segment on lithium-ion battery fires. No mention that gasoline is the favorite of arsonists. Otherwise a good program.
I forget who said it, but it's absolutely true with the countless breakthroughs announced around graphene in the last 5-10 years:I also wish he would have been able to look at graphene batteries as those were supposed to be half the weight and double the density as well.
I've long had the philosophy that anything that I can't buy may as well not exist. There's no point in waiting around for something that doesn't have a ship date.I forget who said it, but it's absolutely true with the countless breakthroughs announced around graphene in the last 5-10 years:
Graphene, it can do anything - except get out of the lab.
Fortunately for you, not everyone thinks that way. There is a contingent of engineers and scientists who do the thinking and give you the technologies you can enjoy in the future.I've long had the philosophy that anything that I can't buy may as well not exist. There's no point in waiting around for something that doesn't have a ship date.