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Re: [EVDL] Press release on Firefly "Oasis" battery

I have some more hope than usual -- Firefly has some big-name partners, not to mention being a subsidiary of Caterpillar. For similar reasons I have better than usual hope for Tesla.

I think their goal with the truck thing is to highlight to investors they are going after a brand new market, rather than trying to displace current battery sales. A law is changing trucker's battery needs. They probably can't make it on price (at least not initially), so they have to show a need for more $$ for this better battery. Also, Firefly does list lots of other markets on their website.

I'm also glad to see they are trying to be the cheap "exotic" battery. Hopefully they'll have similar energy density to A123, and power density enough to get you 400 hp (300 kW) out of 400 lbs (~200 kg) of batteries. (Hopeful specs made up by assuming Fireflys will be 1/3 the weight of Optimas, but similar power and energy).

----- Original Message ----
From: Danny Miller <[email protected]>
To: Electric Vehicle Discussion List <[email protected]>
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 11:22:37 AM
Subject: Re: [EVDL] Press release on Firefly "Oasis" battery

... What seems strange is they focused on explaining this trucker market, even though boats, RVs, electric cars, solar installations, medical equipment, etc could all make great use of such a technology and
there's plenty of money in these markets. Or just explaining that with the rising cost of lead your technology may eventually be essential to making economical lead-acid batteries too. ...

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