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New battery tech could revolutionise EV industry

A new technology developed by Purdue University in Indiana, USA could enable EV drivers to recharge vehicles without the need of a charging station.

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Researchers claim the solution could provide an “instantly rechargeable” method for vehicle batteries.

According to the researchers, the solution could provide an “instantly rechargeable” method that is safe, affordable and environmentally friendly for recharging electric and hybrid vehicle batteries through a quick and easy process similar to refuelling a car.

Dubbed the Ifbattery, the  technology is particular interesting as it doesn’t require a charge station to refuel and works instead as a flow battery, which simply requires a top up of fluid electrolytes, much like filling up a petrol tank. It is theorised that the used fluids would remain clean and could be collected and recharged at any solar, wind or hydroelectric plant. In short, the technology looks a lot like a clean version of today’s fossil fuel consumption.

Uniquely, this technology removes the needs for membranes, which are where much of a battery’s traditional cost and vulnerability stems from.

“Membrane fouling can limit the number of recharge cycles and is a known contributor to many battery fires,” said John Cushman, Purdue University distinguished professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary science and a professor of mathematics. “Ifbattery’s components are safe enough to be stored in a family home, are stable enough to meet major production and distribution requirements, and are cost effective.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.