When we're talking about the word "hybrid" in automotive circles, it doesn't always mean a gasoline engine with a powerful battery pack tied on. For Maxwell Technologies and Tianjin Lishen Battery, hybrid describes a new sort of energy storage product that combines ultracapacitors with lithium-ion batteries. The two companies recently announced they would partner up to produce this hybrid power source, and samples should be available early next year, possibly in EVs. The Maxwell press release doesn't give any details and simply says, that "The companies have identified a number of initial target applications for the new products, ranging from quick-charge cordless tools to electric vehicles."
David Schramm, Maxwell's president and chief executive officer, said this hybrid tech "will give end-users the best of both worlds in terms of the long cycle life, rapid charge/discharge characteristics and low temperature performance of ultracapacitors and the large energy storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries." Let's hope so.
[Source: Maxwell via The Energy Blog]