Light and compact lithium-ion batteries sound great for electric vehicles–aside from their historical tendency to catch fire. But recent advances in electrode chemistry have made them much safer. One of the first vehicles to use the new batteries comes from a Norwegian company, Think. By year’s end, Think plans to start selling ultracompact electric cars with a range of more than 100 miles. A123 Systems of Watertown, MA, and Indianapolis’s EnerDel will provide the batteries.
Credit: Courtesy of Think
Product: Think City electric car
Cost: About 20,000 euros
Company: Think Global
Other products in this section:
Become an MIT Technology Review Insider for in-depth analysis and unparalleled perspective.Subscribe today
Subscribe to Continue Reading
Uh oh–you've read all of your free articles for this month.
Trump’s Rollback Paves the Way for a New Climate Leader
The world’s next global leader on climate is probably not the country you’d expect.
MIT’s Nuclear Lab has an Unusual Plan to Jump-Start Advanced-Reactor Research
Scientists want to test plans for a transportable molten-salt reactor by piggybacking on their existing nuclear facility.
The Best of the Physics arXiv (week ending March 25, 2017)
This week’s most thought-provoking papers from the Physics arXiv.