Batteries: Lithium-Ion or Solid-State?

The incredibly fast rise of the electric car in the past decade would not have been possible without the creation of batteries capable of storing more power for longer periods of time, that can be recharged countless times without needing replacement.

The batteries the automotive industry needed were lithium-ion ones. The invention is largely credited to either German-born scientist John Bannister Goodenough.

The concept was born in 1980 as the Lithium Cobalt Oxide cathode battery, but it was not until 1991 that the first commercial use of it was made by Japanese company Sony. 

Because neither Goodenough nor the chemistry lab of the Oxford University where he worked filed for a patent for the invention, every company doing business in electronics began taking aim at creating their own versions of the technology. Needless to say, neither Goodenough nor Oxford profited from the immense success of the invention made decades ago.



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