U.S. battery materials supplier, 3M, has recently been granted $4.6 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to further their efforts in creating the next advancement for lithium ion batteries. There's hope that a major change in lithium ion batteries will positively affect their use in electric vehicles.

Currently, 3M is doing research around their latest patent, which involves Silicon anodes that could increase call capacity by over 40% when matched with certain cathodes.. This, of course, could have an effect on not just larger-scale lithium ion batteries, such as for electric vehicles, but even smaller-scale lithium ion batteries used in cell phones, laptops, and camcorders.

Sources: businesswire, 3M