Longer-lasting electric car batteries, and Big Tech’s fightback against Congress’ antitrust plans

Fully charged: Electric vehicles are becoming more popular, but they are still restricted in how much they can travel on a single charge-the Tesla Model 3 can go up to about 350 miles before it needs to be recharged. In search of batteries that can safely take us further, startup Solid Power is working to create solid-state batteries that can pack more energy into smaller spaces.

Battery powered: The company manufactures battery cells that replace liquids used as electrolytes in lithium-ion batteries with ceramic layers. These batteries could unlock new options for chemistry, potentially allowing solid batteries to be swapped. It has taken a step towards testing the technology in vehicles by launching a large-scale pilot manufacturing line.

Caution Note: The question remains as to whether companies making solid electrolytes will be able to mass-produce them. Inorganic materials can be brittle and difficult to move during production. Another concern about solid batteries is how well they can withstand degradation over time. Read the full story.

-Casey Crownheart

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