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IBM is Prepared to Turn the Automotive World on its Head – DailyFinance

IBM has seen its stock surge higher on the heels of announcing its outline for “5 in 5,” which means five innovations that will change our lives within five years. However, I believe an important sixth idea was left off that list and could easily play into the company’s plans sooner than many believe thanks to advances in new materials.

What am I talking about? It’s my belief we could see air breathing lithium batteries toward the end of the five-year range thanks largely to new EPA mandates for automakers to achieve 54.5 mpg average fuel economy by 2025, a nearly a 54% hike from the 35.5 mpg standard put in place by 2016. Thanks to the use of lightweight carbon rather than heavy metal oxides, lithium-air is 87% lighter than lithium ion. Since lowering the weight of EVs is vital to improve range, lithium-air technology makes a lot of sense to bring to market as quickly as possible.



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