DEARBORN, MI – When it comes to battery technology, the automotive industry beats aerospace hands down, a top Ford researcher says. Bob Taenaka, Ford battery technical lead, spent more than a decade designing batteries for spacecraft while working for Hughes Aerospace. After moving to Ford 10 years ago, he found it much harder to design batteries for automobiles than for rocket ships. “There’s a better-controlled set of circumstances for spacecraft batteries,” Taenaka says during a ...

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