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Podcast: How the Lithium-Ion Battery Accelerated Electric Cars

Author Charles Murray unearths the twists and turns in perfecting battery technology powering the shift to electric vehicles.
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By George Leopold

The initial reaction from the publishing world to Charles Murray’s proposed history of the lithium-ion battery was, well, low voltage.

That changed in 2019 when John B. Goodenough, the German-born American physicist won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry (shared with M. Stanley Whittingham and Akiro Yoshino) for development of a lithium battery with a cobalt oxide cathode. “Storing electrical energy in batteries is a key factor in solving the world’s energy supply,” the Nobel Committee noted.

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