Vehicle electrification is a great idea until you start to recognize how expensive the batteries are. It is not that today’s battery technology is bad (Lithium Ion), it is just extremely expensive to manufacture inexpensively. One startup from Ithaca, New York called Primet Precision Materials noted in the SAE Journal of Vehicle Electrification “No molecule is to this industry, to any industry, unless it can be made in large quantities, at low cost, reproducibly batch to batch, and at a high percentage of its theoretical performance.” In other words, driving down processing costs are the key to introducing more hybrid PHEV and battery cars on the street.
Primet calls its process NanoScission. According to the company “NanoScission, like a harnessed tornado, allows us to shear particles, rather than smash or grind. For those who utilize our process, the advantages are extreme. Now we can engineer small particles in perfect uniform crystals to any specified size. Additionally, agglomeration takes those particles and makes microporous agglomerates that are easily handled in the battery electrode manufacturing process. Finally, heat Treatment reacts and grows the particles as near perfect crystals.”
Supposedly the result is less expensive, high quality batteries. Sounds like a plan.