Episode 620: Why Batteries Suck : Planet Money While most technology is getting smaller and cheaper, batteries still suck. Today on the show, we learn exactly why, and meet some of the people trying to make batteries better.
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Episode 620: Why Batteries Suck

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Episode 620: Why Batteries Suck

Episode 620: Why Batteries Suck

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Stanford scientist Yi Cui in his lab.
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Most technology has been getting faster, smaller, and cheaper, every year. Everything except batteries.

This is not just a problem for the iPhone 6 Plus owners of the world. It's holding back two of the biggest technological revolutions in the world: electric cars and solar power. A better, cheaper battery could save the world.

Today on the show, we find out why battery technology is stuck, and meet some of the people trying to make them better.

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