lithium-ion battery


Definition of lithium-ion battery 

: a rechargeable battery that uses lithium ions as the primary component of its electrolyte

Note: Lithium-ion batteries are common in portable electronic devices such as cell phones and laptop computers.

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As lithium-ion batteries become more prevalent in electric cars and other devices, cobalt has seen its value rise as a commodity. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Mining Company Buys Rights to Former National Monument Land," 21 June 2018 In the letter dated February 2, 2018, Apple explains how the lithium-ion batteries found in its iPhones age over time and become less able to handle high workloads. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "How will new iPhones manage power? Apple’s response to senator raises questions," 6 Feb. 2018 The lithium-ion battery pack—approximately 43kWh in capacity—is bespoke to the car, and the cell chemistry has been optimized for power density and performance rather than energy density and range. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "7:57:148—Volkswagen makes racing history with record-breaking electric race car," 29 June 2018 However, smart bags are expensive, and changing airline policies and confusion over how the bags (which often include lithium-ion batteries and other electronics) should be screened at security have crushed the industry. Alan Henry, New York Times, "The Tech You Need to Travel Better," 27 June 2018 The system has been online since 2012 when it was built with lead-acid batteries, and was recently upgraded in December to lithium-ion batteries. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas’ largest solar farm will soon get a big battery," 26 June 2018 Major investment in mines is required to avoid price spikes that could see cost reductions for lithium-ion batteries stall, Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysts said Monday in a report. David Stringer,, "Threat of Cobalt Supply Shock Is Top Risk for Electric Vehicles," 21 May 2018 The report, released Tuesday, is part of the federal agency’s examination of the fire in the electric car’s lithium-ion battery and the emergency response to it. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Tesla Battery Ignited Twice After Fatal Florida Wreck, U.S. Investigators Say," 26 June 2018 That's because the Panamera's mighty 550-horsepower twin-turbo V8 is switched off and the big beast is running near-silent thanks to a 136-horsepower electric motor located between the front wheels that's powered by a 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Porsche's latest Panamera offers a tantalizing peek at the coming Taycan electric sedan," 8 June 2018

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1990, in the meaning defined above

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