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India on the cusp of a battery-powered revolution (Comment: Special to IANS) | Vancouverdesi.com

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This week, the usually staid TIME magazine got poetic with this headline: “EV Market Gets Another Jolt, $5k Price Cut on Chevy Volt”. It was just another bit of excitement in a stream of stories from the global electric car market, a stream that totally passed India by.

Chevrolet’s Volt hybrid had been stagnating. But the new model’s $35,000 base price, down $5,000, should change that – and shake up the US car market a bit more. With tax credits, the Volt sedan is down to $27,500, or about Rs.17,00,000.

This is not the story of an American car’s pricetag. It’s the story of the last frontier for mobility – from transportation, to mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

That frontier is, of course, the battery.

The battery is the reason we don’t have more electric cars on the road. Or why we don’t have any electric airplanes. Why our smartphones don’t last a day on a charge. Why we don’t all have James Bond style wristwatch phones. The battery isn’t good enough, and it’s not keeping pace with power demands of smartphones, or cars.

Things began to change in 2012, with power-packed lithium batteries.

Even before that, the iPad led the way with an eight-hour battery life, a big reason for its success. The 2013 MacBooks sport similar life on a charge – including the super-slim Air.

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