EVs to offer five-minute, 300-mile charges by 2020
Electric vehicles with a 300-mile range and five-minute charging times could reach the market within three years, following a breakthrough in battery technology.
StoreDot, a nanotechnology materials company based in Israel, has developed an organic substitute for the graphite cathode used in most lithium-ion battery cells – the component which limits energy conductivity, in turn affecting the amount of energy it can store, and the durability of the unit itself.
The FlashBattery uses a material which has much higher combustion temperatures, thus reducing resistance to enable faster charging times, but also improving the safety of the battery, the company said. StoreDot expects it to be integrated into production vehicles within three years.
Dr. Doron Myersdorf, Co-Founder and CEO of StoreDot, said: “Fast Charging is the critical missing link needed to make electric vehicles ubiquitous. The currently available battery technology dictates long charging times which makes the EV form of transportation inadequate for the public at large. We’re exploring options with a few strategic partners in the auto space to help us boost the production process in Asia and reach mass production as soon as possible.”
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