Book ID: CBB068778138

Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car (2022)


Murray, Charles J. (Author)

Purdue University Press
Publication date: 2022
Language: English

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 328

Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car provides an inside look at the birth of the lithium-ion battery, from its origins in academic labs around the world to its transition to its new role as the future of automotive power. It chronicles the piece-by-piece development of the battery, from its early years when it was met by indifference from industry to its later emergence in Japan where it served in camcorders, laptops, and cell phones. The book is the first to provide a glimpse inside the Japanese corporate culture that turned the lithium-ion chemistry into a commercial product. It shows the intense race between two companies, Asahi Chemical and Sony Corporation, to develop a suitable anode. It also explains, for the first time, why one Japanese manufacturer had to build its first preproduction cells in a converted truck garage in Boston, Massachusetts.Building on that history, Long Hard Road then takes readers inside the auto industry to show how lithium-ion solved the problems of earlier battery chemistries and transformed the electric car into a viable competitor. Starting with the Henry Ford and Thomas Edison electric car of 1914, it chronicles a long list of automotive failures, then shows how a small California car converter called AC Propulsion laid the foundation for a revolution by packing its car with thousands of tiny lithium-ion cells. The book then takes readers inside the corporate board rooms of Detroit to show how mainstream automakers finally decided to adopt lithium-ion.Long Hard Road is unique in its telling of the lithium-ion tale, revealing that the battery chemistry was not the product of a single inventor, nor the dream of just three Nobel Prize winners, but rather was the culmination of dozens of scientific breakthroughs from many inventors whose work was united to create a product that ultimately changed the world.

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Authors & Contributors
Aravanitis, Rigas
Curry, Helen Anne
Eisler, Matthew Nicholas
Fallon, Kristine K.
Hashagen, Ulf
Helper, Susan
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Business and Economic History On-Line
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Science Technology and Society
MIT Press
University of Washington Press
Oxford University Press
Stanford Economics and Finance
Transcript Verlag
University of California, Los Angeles
Technology and industry
Development of technology; change in technology
Automobile industry
Computers and computing
Technology and society
Hoelzer, Helmut
Ruben, Samuel
Von Neumann, John
Zuse, Konrad
Aiken, Howard Hathaway
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
United States
International Business Machines Corporation
United States. Department of Energy
Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota

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