To bring this thread back to the original topic.... A quick read of their website shows that these batteries are, in fact, lithium-ion batteries. Their own animation indicates positive and negative lithium-ions as the active material in the electrolyte. The only real difference between these and current
Li-ion batteries is that they're using carbon for the anode and cathode vs. copper and aluminum
as used in current
batteries. That lowers the ESR which is what allows such rapid charging
. My guess is that it'll also make the battery
quite a bit stronger and more crush resistant. And of course they should be cheaper if/when they go to mass volume because of the cheaper metals. But unless I'm misreading this, the Li-ion electrolyte is the same, meaning the bulk of the cost will be the same as current Li-ion batteries unless the volume of electrolyte is significantly different.