Let’s join Tonichi Agoncillo and look at electric cars, shuttles, charging pods and everything else e-vehicle related at the e-vehicle power station inside the Meralco compound in Metro Manila.
Here they test out various different types of electric vehicles, charging technology and even renewably energy sources to power them. This allows them to learn what works best before rolling it out across the country.
In this video I mentioned lead acid being older technology and lithium-ion being newer technology. It’s worth noting that’s only the battery type and the vehicles themselves are pretty similar otherwise.
Lead acid batteries give you the best bang for buck but are heavier and take up more space. Most heavy duty electric vehicles like shuttles and buses are still using deep cycle lead acid batteries.
Lithium-ion batteries are smaller and lighter and are often found in e-bikes and premium electric cars where space is a premium and owners don’t want to do maintenance on their batteries. The price of lithium-ion or lithium-polymer batteries is far higher than lead acid.
I just wanted to clear that up because using lead acid batteries in an e-vehicle is still common and not necessarily a bad thing.