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A look at NASA’s low speed vehicles, or LSEV, used at the agency’s Kennedy Space in Florida

Credit: NASA

cars have been since the 19th century, so re not exactly space-age technology. But the surge in electric vehicles at least in part, from know-how.

A carmaker, Hybrid Inc. signed a deal NASA s Kennedy Space in 2006 to help test and the lithium-ion battery systems in its With NASA s contributions, the now known as Li-Ion Motors, was to deploy New York City s all-electric taxi and develop a range of other lithium-powered including converted PT Cruisers and Coopers.

Long history of battery


With its long history of development and testing, NASA was a partner for an aspiring electric-car Many of the space agency s rely on battery power. The buggy, for example, was powered the lunar surface in the early by non-rechargeable silver-zinc potassium batteries.

The Mars Opportunity rover landed on the Red Planet in January and is still going strong is solar-powered, but rechargeable lithium-ion store energy for use at night.

The that power rovers, and other spacecraft must be and robust. They must be to withstand the jolts and shudders of a and they must be able to in tough conditions in extreme or cold and high radiation, for Their premature failure end the mission, since replacement or would be either difficult expensive) or simply impossible.

Testing electric cars

Motors, which is based in Las converts cars, trucks and vehicles to run on rechargeable lithium-ion In March 2006, the company into a Space Act Agreement the Kennedy Space Center.

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the deal, the company supplied a of electric cars including PT smart cars and high-performance vehicles for KSC engineers to use and test. The aim was to determine the utility of lithium-powered and to that end the NASA engineers the cars advanced battery-management

NASA s efforts helped the vehicles, and the company soon was them. Lithium-powered Mini and smart cars were in the 2007 Sam s Club catalog.

days, electric vehicles are common on highways around the and many carmakers have into the game. This is due in large part to improvements in batteries that allow to go farther on a single charge.

Meanwhile, NASA engineers are to improve lithium-ion systems for to make the batteries less to thermal runaway when heat up dramatically and, in cases, explode.

These are likely to find their way to the at some point, too, next-generation electric vehicles robust and more reliable.

You can SPACE.com senior writer Wall on Twitter: @michaeldwall .

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