How To Make Li-ion Batteries Live Longer, How They Die

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Published on October 12th, 2014 | by Zach


How To Make Li-ion Batteries Live Longer, How They Die (In Depth)

Below is an interesting video on the life and death of lithium-ion batteries (aka Li-ion batteries), as well as some tips on how to make Li-ion batteries live longer. It is definitely for those interested in the more detailed, nerdy sides of the matter. But also note that it references Tesla, the Nissan LEAF, the Chevy Volt, GM electric vehicle work, and “Fiskar.”

So, now you should know very well how Li-ion batteries dies and some key ways to make Li-ion batteries live longer.


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  • Doug B

    Yo Zach:
    Very interesting! I managed to watch the first 30 minutes before falling asleep. i especially liked the part where he explains the difference between the Leaf battery, Tesla battery and volt battery (around 25 minute point.)
    If you have watched the whole thing – can you tell us if he shared any gems of wisdom that us Leaf users can use to maximize battery life?

    • Haha. I watched it ~3 times. Was doing other things, and never quite got it all in one listen. Presentation skills could use some work…

      No, not really. Was more of how to improve batteries on the manufacturing side. Pretty interesting stuff, actually.

      Main thing for a consumer though: keep your battery cool. Keep it in the fridge if you can πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

      • Marion Meads

        that is why even if some of the Volts were driven for 190,000 miles to date, there is no battery degradation. Active cooling pays off.

    • 55:25 Vinylene carbonate is one of the helpful electrolyte additives that prevent battery degradation.

  • wattleberry

    I watched the whole thing on the other posting over breakfast(Sunday) and was hooked. Now we have the formal Tesla link will it go quiet or may we expect an update sometime?

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