by Michelle JonesJuly 09, 2014, 5:42 pm

July 9, 2014 9:42 PM

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by Michelle JonesJuly 09, 2014, 5:42 pm

One of the biggest hurdles electric car makers like Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) have been dealing with is the high cost of lithium ion batteries. But what if a material that’s plentiful and inexpensive could be used in making a battery that’s even better than the ones currently on the market? Researchers at the University of California say they discovered that sand may be the answer.

Phys.org reports that researchers have developed a lithium ion battery that outperforms standard batteries that are currently available in the industry by three times. Graduate student Zachary Favors, who’s working on the project, calls their sand-based lithium ion battery “the holy grail,” adding t...

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