‘Don’t sell to the US!’ the Prime Minister pleaded, urging automakers to keep new, cheaper car batteries on the market in post-Brexit Britain.
SCIENTISTS in the United Kingdom have discovered a new high-performance battery that can be manufactured at a lower cost than lithium batteries, which are currently used in electric vehicles.
According to a new poll, a large majority of Britons support investing in new technology in the UK.
Researchers at the University of Bristol have created “amazing” sodium and potassium ion batteries made from sustainably sourced cellulose that they believe will outperform next-generation lithium batteries at a fraction of the cost.
“We now hope to collaborate with industries to develop this strategy on an industrial scale,” said Steve Eichhorn, professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Bristol.
A huge 83 percent of voters said the Prime Minister should invest in the development of new British batteries, according to a poll of 2,031 This website readers conducted from January 7 to 8.
“Anything that can help lower the cost of electric vehicles is welcome,” one reader said.
“Better to fund than to see a potentially lucrative technology lost,” Bishop K said.
Many voters argued that the new technology should remain in British hands and not be sold to the highest bidder on the global market.
“Provide any funding to wholly-owned British companies only so that any technological advances benefit the British economy,” one voter said.
“Any development made must remain the property of the United Kingdom and can never be sold on the open market,” another voter, Paul, agreed.
Some readers agreed that the batteries should be developed, but that investment should come from private companies rather than the government.
“Any type of cheaper alternative is worth exploring,” another reader said, “but let the companies that develop and supply them pay, not the taxpayer.”
A majority of voters (59%) said they would consider purchasing an electric vehicle if sodium and potassium batteries became available, while 25% said they would not and 16% said they were unsure.
However, 15% of voters said the Prime Minister should not support the University of Bristol’s project because they were opposed to electric cars in general.
“Why waste money on a cheaper battery for cars if the UK doesn’t have the capacity or infrastructure to charge them all?” one website reader wondered.
Electric charging stations number 18,098 in the UK.
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