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Old 03-16-2009, 01:37 PM   #29
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They are in the process of building a new nuke plant near Crystal River Fl. I believe this is correct. jim
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More info from one of the inventors of the better batteries discussed earlier in this thread:

Q&A With Lithium Battery Charging Breakthrough Inventor Byoungwoo Kang, and What Does This Mean for Electric Cars? | GM-VOLT : Chevy Volt Electric Car Site
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Here is info on Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant:

Crystal River 3 Nuclear Power Plant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Note that no one has discussed the "problem" of where and how to get the raw material to make the nuclear fuel: mine tailings have created a challenge almost as big as spent fuel.

A reference to improved Li battery performance jsut came in today: MIT has a method to decrease charge times, extend battery life, although it isn't immediatly applicable to vehicles: Technology Review: Ultra-High-Power Lithium-Ion Batteries is a report of some of the research.
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On a belated, related note.
Battery maker A123 (ticker AONE - disclosure: I have zero connection to them), founded by MIT grads, went public today. This is significant in a couple respects.

First, it's a domestic company competing with LG of Korea and a plate full of Chinese firms.

Second, they've received a DOE grant to revamp a facility in Michigan as a factory. While they mostly work with small batteries for the moment, it's clear they intend to be a player in autos.

Third, it's an IPO. This is the first notable IPO I've seen in quite a while. Originally scheduled to start at $8-10, they bumped it to $13.50. Shares rose to around 20 by market's close.

Exactly what this means in the long term is still to be seen. But for a fairly new company still operating well into the red to be able to generate that kind of cash in this market says something. I suspect it says something about a broader-view expectation of where the auto industry is headed in the next several years.


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I don't know about a tow vehicle of this type today. It sure sounds like a wonderful toad for my MH though.

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