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Li-Phosphate Batteries Will Drive Converted-Porche EV

Valence Technology’s Li-phosphate batteries will be used in an MIT student engineering project that converts a 914 Porsche into an electric vehicle. Yang Shao-Horn, an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and her husband, Dr. Quinn Horn, spearheaded the project after purchasing the Porsche from eBay to offer students a hands-on learning experience.

The vehicle will be used as a research and development tool by MIT students to demonstrate the viability of electrically powered automobiles. The project will also help to provide valuable information for Shao-Horn’s research on advanced batteries at the Electrochemical Energy Laboratory.

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