Are Li-ion batteries appropriate for use as a primary power source for vehicle systems?

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Are Li-ion batteries appropriate for use as a primary power source for vehicle systems?

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The engines in hybrid vehicles, available on the market today, utilize Nickel batteries. However, there are several exciting prototype vehicles, such as the Tesla roadster (www.teslamotors.com) and Wrightspeed X1 (www.wrightspeed.com), that use lithium batteries as the only power source. There are several developers of Lithium batteries that are designing large Lithium batteries for this market. Valence is one example (www.valence.com).

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