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g-f(2)106 THE BIG PICTURE OF THE DIGITAL AGE, WSJ, The Battery Is Ready to Power the World

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After a decade of rapidly falling costs, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery is poised to disrupt industries.
  • After a decade of rapidly falling costs, the battery has reached a tipping point. No longer just for consumer products, it is poised to transform the way the world uses power.
    • In the energy sector, affordable batteries are making it possible for companies to store electricity and harvest renewable power. 
    • In the auto industry, they are set to challenge the gas-powered engine’s centurylong domination. 
    • Costs have come down so far and so fast that most car makers expect that electric vehicles, which are currently more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts, will cost the same amount to build within the next five years.
    • The battery boom could erode demand for crude oil and byproducts such as gasoline—as well as for natural gas, which is primarily used in power plants.
    • The rise of rechargeable batteries is now a matter of national security and industrial policy. 

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Russell Gold is a senior reporter for The Wall Street Journal focused on climate, business and energy. He is based in Texas. His coverage focuses on two topics: the global energy transition as well as the impact of climate change on business and of business on climate change.

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Ben Foldy is an auto industry reporter for The Wall Street Journal based in Detroit. He covers auto-related policy and trade, emerging technologies and the U.S. operations of foreign automakers. Before joining the Journal, he wrote for Bloomberg News and the Financial Times. Mr. Foldy holds master’s degrees from the City University of New York and McGill University.

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