Charging an electric vehicle battery in five minutes now possible

The Tel-Aviv based battery firm use eco-friendly materials to build a prototype EV battery that might be the missing link for the success of electric vehicle

By: | Published: May 18, 2017 10:23 AM
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Electric cars thus far have been not much more than concepts. Sure, some are being produced but they have always failed in one unique juxtapose; the time it takes for it to regain charge. To battle this, manufacturers in the industry have tried almost everything. Regenerative energy, Bigger batteries with extended range but to no avail. More batteries mean more weight. The regenerative system produces not even close to as much as would be required. Overload the circuit to force the batteries to charge faster and there are safety element that simply cannot be avoided, at any rate. Then there are those few like BMW i3 which have a small petrol generators, but that’s the equivalent of printing posters to save trees.

The problem at the end of the day seemed to be the chemical limitations of lithium ion batteries. However, StoreDot claims to have a solution. The Tel-Aviv based battery manufacturer claim the Flash Battery makes use of a technology that they call nanodots to deliver unprecedented charging times. Nanodots are chemically synthesised peptide molecules. They -- in turn -- form the basis for a multi-function electrode. The end result is a super-capacitor style rapid charging battery which has a slow discharge rate similar to lithium-ion batteries. The compound itself is not flammable and have a higher combustion temperature than graphite which reduces the batteries resistance.

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At a recent unveiling in Berlin store dot, revealed that their battery was in the final stages of its development and would be the centrepiece of every EV of the future. They further go on to claim that their battery at present should be able to support a range of 500kms which puts in on par with the 90 kWh Tesla Model S.

Ideally, this could be the missing piece of the electric car puzzle. However, since it's still in development, only time will tell.