updated 11:30 am EST, Wed December 10, 2008
HP Enviro Battery
HP will claim an edge in notebooks with a new battery technology licensed from Boston-Power, the latter company has confirmed today. A new lithium-ion pack, nicknamed the Enviro battery, will last for up to three years of daily use without losing its maximum performance. The performance is about three times better than ordinary batteries and potentially lasts as much as four years for notebooks only used during regular weekdays.
The extra longevity is expected to reduce the amount of waste from lithium-ion batteries by keeping individual packs in use for longer amounts of time; accordingly, HP plans to extend the warranty for the battery alone to the full three years.
Boston-Power's core technology isn't exclusive to HP and will potentially be licensed to other notebook manufacturers in the future, though no customers have been named to date. The company also hopes to translate its technology to general electronics and electric vehicles.