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The Development of a New Type of Rechargeable Batteries Based on Hybrid Electrolytes

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  • Prof. Haoshen Zhou,

    1. Energy Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, 305-8568 (Japan), Fax: (+81) 29-861-5799
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  • Dr. Yonggang Wang,

    1. Energy Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, 305-8568 (Japan), Fax: (+81) 29-861-5799
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  • Dr. Huiqiao Li,

    1. Energy Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, 305-8568 (Japan), Fax: (+81) 29-861-5799
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  • Dr. Ping He

    1. Energy Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, 305-8568 (Japan), Fax: (+81) 29-861-5799
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Abstract

Lithium ion batteries (LIBs), which have the highest energy density among all currently available rechargeable batteries, have recently been considered for use in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and pure electric vehicles (PEV). A major challenge in this effort is to increase the energy density of LIBs to satisfy the industrial needs of HEVs, PHEVs, and PEVs. Recently, new types of lithium–air and lithium–copper batteries that employ hybrid electrolytes have attracted significant attention; these batteries are expected to succeed lithium ion batteries as next-generation power sources. Herein, we review the concept of hybrid electrolytes, as well as their advantages and disadvantages. In addition, we examine new battery types that use hybrid electrolytes.

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