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Ford and Samsung’s new lithium-ion battery may replace lead-acid batteries

Ford and Samsung announced a dual-battery system for gas-powered vehicles that could be the beginning of the end for the lead-acid battery.

Ford and Samsung have combined a lithium-ion battery with a 12-volt lead-acid unit, creating a new, lighter, and more flexible power source. The new concept has massive potential for fuel savings, as the lithium-ion component can be recharged through regenerative braking.

“We are currently expanding our Auto Start-Stop technology across 70 percent of our lineup, and this dual-battery system has the potential to bring even more levels of hybridization to our vehicles for greater energy savings across the board,” explains Ted Miller, senior manager of Energy Storage Strategy and Research at Ford. ”Although still in research, this type of battery could provide a near-term solution for greater reduction of carbon dioxide.”

The biggest advantage of lithium batteries is that they are lighter, more compact, and have more recharging options than their lead-acid option.

Ford and Samsung say that they’ll continue their partnership to develop more advanced lithium-ion units in the future, which could potentially make the traditional lead-acid battery obsolete.