Menahem Anderman, PhD, is Mister Battery Consultant. The California Air Resources Board, DOE, and Congress all seem to turn to him to analyze the state of battery technology. His reports always suggest batteries won’t quite cut it for freeway-capable cars.
His report at CARB in 2003 seemed to suggest the electric cars then on the road couldn’t be functioning as well as they were. Drivers of electric cars were stunned at his low opinion of the state of battery technology. He’s always called upon, contracted with, and his report inevitably finds batteries wanting.
At EVS23 he stopped at the Plug In America booth to challenge what he felt was the overly optimistic tone taken by these advocates in their questioning at various sessions. One of the things he specifically said to Sherry Boschert, author of Plug-in Hybrids, to demonstrate the inadequacy of NiMH in electric cars was that the batteries have been replaced in many of Southern California Edison’s fleet of RAV4-EVs. Chelsea Sexton of Plug In America inquired of Ed Kjaer at SCE to find out what the truth is. Here’s what Mr. Kjaer wrote in response to the inquiry: