Electric vehicles still lag behind their gas-powered cousins because of the limited range, long charging times and high cost of their battery packs. However, there is a bright light ahead as Eos Energy unveils a 160 kWh zinc-air battery that could hit the market in 2013.
Eos Energy will first apply their zinc-air batteries to grid storage such as solar panel systems. However, it is only a matter of time before they expand to the automotive sector.
The zinc-air battery, which uses the much-cheaper zinc, can survive over 2,000 recharge cycles without degradation. It could be refilled like a gas tank, drastically reducing its charging time. It could provide a 70 kWh battery pack that can deliver around 300 miles of range per-charge at a cost just over $11,000.
The price tag may seem steep, but it becomes a great bargain when compared to the $30,000+ premium charged by Tesla Motors to upgrade from 40kWh to 85 kWh.
If this battery pushes through next year, it could end the range anxiety over electric cars.