Current battery technology for hybrid and electric vehicles has its limitations. Despite this, the global market for these electrified vehicles is expected to grow rapidly, topping $2 billion by 2015.
The PolyZion project, a program that focuses on ionic liquids, rechargeable zinc electrodes, ultra-fast pulse charge injection techniques and conductive polymers, is attempting to develop zinc-polymer batteries for hybrid and electric vehicle applications. According to PolyZion, zinc-polymer battery technology will be cost effective, have a low environmental impact and offer the energy and power density needed to compete with other types of battery technologies. PolyZion recently received €2.4 million ($3.4 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) in funds under the Energy Theme of the European Union's Seventh Framework Program.

PolyZion is a European-led consortium that combines world-class ionic liquid research organizations and members of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers with massive industrial corporations, battery manufacturers and testing organizations. The consortium consists of partners from Spain, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Canada and Russia.

[Source: Green Car Congress]

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