The 25 Days Of Honda Days: Day X, 2004 Honda Civic Ex

On the tenth day of Honda Days, Honda gave to me: a 2004 Honda Civic Ex.

Let’s check in on what Honda is doing for the world. Looks like the brand, CalTech, and NASA teamed up to make a longer lasting, more environmentally friendly battery. Engadget explains.

The scientists paired the electrolyte with a copper, lanthanum and fluorine to create a prototype battery capable of reversible chemical reactions (aka recharging) at room temperature. All told, the batteries have the potential for ten times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries, and would have a “more favorable environmental footprint,” according to Honda.

That sounds lovely!

But don’t hold your breath: this is lots of lip service. Engadget continues.

We’ve heard this sort of thing many times before, so the usual caution and caveats apply. For instance, the team still has to figure out how to stabilize the anodes and cathodes, which tend to dissolve completely into the electrolyte. They’re making some headway, though and further testing is currently underway — so hopefully we won’t be disappointed yet again by batteries that work great in labs but not cars.

Sigh. If only.

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