Posted July 09, 2021
By Aaron Gentzler
Message from a Legendary Tech Futurist…
Tech futurist George Gilder has big news.
For over half a century, he’s been writing best-selling books, working with Presidents, and building a network of the smartest people in the tech world.
He’s a Founding Partner at Peter Thiel’s 1517 Fund... his work has been praised by everyone from Bill Gates to Steve Forbes... and his track record of forecasting new technology is unrivaled (if the rumors are true, Steve Jobs gave Apple execs a copy of Gilder’s book Life After Television.)
But what he’s been working on behind the scenes these last few years might be even bigger. It’s the culmination of 55 years of hard work.
And he wants you to be one of the first to hear it…
There’ll be no press release, no big media event, no public announcement. Instead, George sits down and explains what he’s been working on in a private message that will hit your inbox at 2pm EST this Monday, July 12.
Watch for George’s message in your inbox. And be sure to be free at 2pm EST on Monday.
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Your Rundown for Friday, July 9, 2021...
The EV-Range Solution (And More)
“There are still major gripes about EVs’ practical use,” says our tech expert Ray Blanco. “My guess is consumers don’t like the uncertainty of getting stranded on the road without a charge… And you’re not alone.
“Fortunately, a new battery tech will soon change the industry forever,” he continues. “Solid-state batteries are the next step in battery evolution, resolving some EV issues…
- Driving Range: “Solid-state batteries have a higher energy density by a margin of 2–10 times the current rates,” says Ray. “This means that the range of use drastically increases.” Samsung, for example, announced its solid-state battery has a 500-mile range, about twice the range of its lithium-ion competitors.
- Charging Time: “Solid-state batteries have been proven to charge up to 6 times faster than today’s lithium-ion batteries,” Ray says.
- Sticker Price: “A car battery makes up around half the price of the EV,” he says. “Solid-state batteries are expected to cut down the cost significantly.” Solid-state batteries are cheaper to manufacture and run; plus, they have to be replaced less frequently, having a lifespan five-times longer than a lithium-ion battery.
“Best of all” -- with a solid-state battery powering an EV -- “you don’t have to sacrifice any of the perks of driving a ‘normal’ vehicle.
“We’ve already seen huge investments from automakers in this battery technology,” Ray says. “BMW invested $20 million in Solid Power Inc. to scale the production of solid-state batteries, launching vehicles by 2025.
“Hyundai recently invested in Ionic Materials, a U.S.-based startup expecting to have a commercial vehicle on the road by 2025.
“And Toyota and Panasonic formed a joint venture to produce next-generation solid-state batteries for electric vehicles by 2030.
Ray’s take: “The current EV lithium-ion batteries are going to be outpaced” -- and replaced? -- “by solid-state batteries. And you’d be wise to keep an eye on companies taking the next step.”
Market Rundown for Friday, July 9, 2021
S&P 500 futures are sitting at 4,331.
Oil is $73.97 this morning.
Gold sits at $1,803.70.
Bitcoin is at $33,364 this morning, up 2% in the last 24 hours.
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