Lithium-Ion Battery Pioneer Akira Yoshino Says Self-Driving Taxis Will Need Tougher Batteries

Lithium-Ion Battery Pioneer Akira Yoshino Says Self-Driving Taxis Will Need Tougher Batteries

One of the pioneers in the development of lithium-ion battery development — Akira Yoshino, the inventor of a prototype lithium-ion battery back in 1985 — was recently publicly quoted as saying that if autonomous vehicles are going to be deployed so as to allow for nearly constant short-range use (taxis, etc.), then batteries will have to become a lot tougher. In other words, it’s not just a matter of improving energy density to allow for greater range — there will also need to be an increase in durability. “A car shared by 10 people means it will be running […]