Kevin Bullis

A View from Kevin Bullis

We Need Battery-Powered Vehicles

A few additional comments on my TR article.

  • August 3, 2006

I reported today on safety concerns about using lithium-ion batteries in the TR article ”Are Lithium-Ion Electric Cars Safe?” Here are a couple of comments I want to add:

First, the article is not an argument against electric cars. Just the opposite. It does point out why further development of safer materials is a good idea in the long run, and that we need very careful manufacturing oversight now. But I emphasize this aspect in part because if battery electric vehicles stand a chance of succeeding – especially in the face of strong political support for the much more problematic idea of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles – they will need a spotless record. A serious accident now could give battery electric vehicles a bad name and shake consumer confidence.

Second, no vehicle is completely safe, of course; gasoline-powered cars have burst into flame. In the article I point out that batteries come with their own particular safety concerns, the chief one being a need for very high-quality manufacturing.

In all, this is an exciting time for batteries and battery-electric vehicles. Toyota’s plans to build a plug-in hybrid and Tesla Motors’ new sports car could be strong steps toward the mass-production of electric cars. – By Kevin Bullis

Cut off? Read unlimited articles today.

Become an Insider
Already an Insider? Log in.

Uh oh–you've read all of your free articles for this month.

Insider Premium
$179.95/yr US PRICE

Want more award-winning journalism? Subscribe and become an Insider.
  • Insider Premium {! insider.prices.premium !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    Our award winning magazine, unlimited access to our story archive, special discounts to MIT Technology Review Events, and exclusive content.

    See details+

    What's Included

    Bimonthly home delivery and unlimited 24/7 access to MIT Technology Review’s website.

    The Download. Our daily newsletter of what's important in technology and innovation.

    Access to the Magazine archive. Over 24,000 articles going back to 1899 at your fingertips.

    Special Discounts to select partner offerings

    Discount to MIT Technology Review events

    Ad-free web experience

    First Look. Exclusive early access to stories.

    Insider Conversations. Listen in as our editors talk to innovators from around the world.

  • Insider Plus {! insider.prices.plus !}* Best Value

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    Everything included in Insider Basic, plus ad-free web experience, select discounts to partner offerings and MIT Technology Review events

    See details+

    What's Included

    Bimonthly home delivery and unlimited 24/7 access to MIT Technology Review’s website.

    The Download. Our daily newsletter of what's important in technology and innovation.

    Access to the Magazine archive. Over 24,000 articles going back to 1899 at your fingertips.

    Special Discounts to select partner offerings

    Discount to MIT Technology Review events

    Ad-free web experience

  • Insider Basic {! insider.prices.basic !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    Six issues of our award winning magazine and daily delivery of The Download, our newsletter of what’s important in technology and innovation.

    See details+

    What's Included

    Bimonthly home delivery and unlimited 24/7 access to MIT Technology Review’s website.

    The Download. Our daily newsletter of what's important in technology and innovation.

/
You've read all of your free articles this month. This is your last free article this month. You've read of free articles this month. or  for unlimited online access.