Originally Posted by deckofficer
Lead is dead for tomorrow's batteries.
Only if, by tomorrow, you mean 20-50yr from now.
There is a whole existing infrastructure that is geared for producing and using FLA's. The sunk costs argue for the continued support for that technology. Lithium is great but the infrastructure is not there to produce the batteries in the quantities that would make them remotely competitive on price
in applications that didn't have special requirements such as energy density or specific energy.
I expect it to be at least 10 yr before Lithium makes a real dent in the marine
market and a lot longer before they take over. Boats just aren't weight sensitive enough to justify their use until the price difference gets a lot closer.
I wouldn't even expect the internal combustion car and truck segment of the market to switch until there is almost parity in price.