The Friday Five – A Weekly EV Blog

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What fuels an electric vehicle? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one wondering. Thankfully Nirvana has the answer…

Welcome to the Friday Five. This is a weekly blog post and newsletter where we shed some light on what’s going on in the world of EV, electric scooters, urban transportation, anything else industry related that you might find interesting.

This week we’re serving up everything you need to know about lithium ion batteries. Coming at you are some crazy facts and figures about these batteries, plus a super interesting Ted Talk about the strange story of lithium. Cause who doesn’t love a good Ted Talk?

  1. First, the basics.
    Let’s get one thing straight, lithium ion batteries are not your grandma’s lead acid batteries. They’re longer lasting, more efficient, better for the environment, and just plain cooler. If that’s not enough, check out these 7 facts for yourself. At Niu, we love our lithium ion batteries.
  2. So where does Lithium come from…?
    Enter fascinating Ted Talk. Our Friend Ben Lillie is not only a particle physicist, but also super interested in the history of lithium. Listen to him explain why lithium shouldn’t even exist on earth. This is Big Bang level stuff.
  3. But what does the future hold for batteries?
    Lithium ion batteries are cool, but don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Read about these five alternatives to lithium batteries. This is the battery heyday folks.
  4. The countdown has begun.
    The countdown to the end of petroleum cars that is. The UK recently announced that by 2040, new diesel and petrol cars will be banned from the UK roads. They’re joining Germany, France, India, and others. Don’t worry though, electric scooters and cars aren’t going anywhere.
  5. Big car companies are scrambling.
    Some are adapting better than others. Take Ford for example. They’re committed to keeping up with the changing technologies. In order to demonstrate this, they recently opened up Ford Hub in New York City. Check out this awesome new space.