When we're talking about the word "hybrid
" in automotive circles, it doesn't always mean a gasoline engine with a powerful battery pack tied on. For Maxwell Technologies
and Tianjin Lishen Battery
, hybrid describes a new sort of energy storage product that combines ultracapacitors with lithium-ion batteries. The two companies recently announced
they would partner up to produce this hybrid power source, and samples should be available early next year, possibly in EVs
. The Maxwell press release doesn't give any details and simply says, that "The companies have identified a number of initial target applications for the new products, ranging from quick-charge cordless tools to electric vehicles
David Schramm, Maxwell's president and chief executive officer, said this hybrid tech "will give end-users the best of both worlds in terms of the long cycle life, rapid charge/discharge characteristics and low temperature performance of ultracapacitors and the large energy storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries." Let's hope so.
[Source: Maxwell via The Energy Blog