As critics will quickly point out, the range, charging time and power of an electric vehicle's
batteries need to be constantly improved if EVs
are ever going to take off in America. Recently, Phoenix Motorcars
put in an initial order of $750,000 for high-powered batteries from Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. The batteries, proprietary nano-lithium ion batteries, use a "nano-structured negative electrode material called nano Lithium Titanium Oxide, or nLTO, that replaces the graphite used in 'standard' lithium ion batteries with safe nanomaterials", according to The Energy Blog
. Phoenix has a prototype electric truck that can go 85 mph and 120 miles on a charge, which can be done in about 10-15 minutes. The company has big plans to get these cars into consumers hands in the near future just over $40,000.
[Source: The Energy Blog]
[UPDATE: changed "mpg" to "mph"]