So you've been driving your hybrid for a few years now. You've motored across the country a few times, climbed Mt. Washington and got that bumper sticker, crossed all those bridges to get to Key West. The world has been your oyster. But now your car has 300,000 miles on it and although, thanks to modern quality manufacturing, it's mostly still in great shape, your battery is getting past its prime. You could spend over $4,000 on a new one from the dealer plus installation or you break the bank and get a fancy conversion kit for $6-24,000. That's a lot of dough to put into such a well-traveled car. "There's got to be another way," you think to yourself. Soon there may be a third and less expensive option. Axion Power International has a project underway that, if successful, will solve your beater battery problems.
According to Green Energy News, a PbC (lead carbon) battery by Axion with sophisticated carbon electrode assembly combines the storage ability of lead batteries with the power of a supercapacitor. Cycle life is also improved. So far over 100,000 miles of testing has been done with Pennsylvania State University and a new phase of the trials will soon begin using a Prius as the test bed. I'll keep my ear to the ground and keep you and your old hoss informed.
[Source: Green Energy News]