HP Plans to Offer Environment Friendly Sonata Lithium-ion Batteries with Laptops

Submitted by lalit on December 10, 2008 - 1:04pm.

HP has announced that starting early next year it will offer Boston Power’s Sonata lithium-ion batteries that will last longer and be more environment friendly. The new batteries will be available as an option for around $20 or $30 more. HP and Boston Power have been testing, the new Sonata batteries that are designed specifically for laptops, for over three years.
Boston Power claims that the new batteries will be able to keep 80 percent of their initial charging capacity after three years of use. Boston Power also claims that Sonata batteries will be more environment friendly compared to lithium-ion batteries available today. The company says that they didn’t use PVC plastic or heavy metals like cadmium, arsenic or mercury in the manufacturing process; also the batteries are designed to be highly recyclable.
“Our tests found that 40 percent of consumers over three years have replaced laptop batteries up to five times. If each is $150, that’s almost the cost of the whole system,” said Christina Lampe-Onnerud, founder and CEO of Boston Power. “I think this will change the appetite for sustainable products. Instead of purchasing something expendable, they can have something that lasts.”
HP says that the new batteries will have longer battery life and faster recharging. The batteries will recharge to 80 percent in only 30 minutes. HP didn’t give information about how much the battery life will improve but it’s likely that we will see around 20-30 percent gain in battery life.
[Via CNET]