Thought only mobile phones can be charged in this much time? Well, Israeli company StoreDot has plans of delivering 100 miles of charge to an EV battery in 5 minutes in 2025. Let’s see how this battery works and what it means for EV users in times ahead.
Crux of the Matter
Who Has Made The Tech?
Israeli company StoreDot Ltd. will manufacture this battery, while the lithium-ion samples have been produced by their Chinese strategic partner, Eve Energy Co.
Where Was It Demonstrated?
Earlier demonstrated in their drones and phones, this time a two-wheeled scooter used their battery. It is slated for a 2025 mass rollout, as per CEO Doron Myersdorf.
How Far Can The EV Travel Then?
With the available charging infrastructure, 100 miles of charge can be provided to an EV by charging the battery for 5 minutes.
Saves Users From Range Anxiety
If the experience of charging an EV is similar to fuelling a petrol/diesel car, the anxiety of ‘running out of charge in the middle of nowhere or sitting in the charging station for a long time’ goes away.
Isn’t This Possible With Existing Batteries?
Well, existing Li-ion batteries use graphite as an electrode, into which the lithium ions are pushed for storing charge. But on being rapidly charged, the ions can get congested, converts into metal and then short circuits the battery.
Then What Does StoreDot Battery Use?
It replaces graphite with semiconductor nanoparticles, into which ions can pass more quickly. These particles are currently based on Germanium, which is easier to handle but would be based on silicon later, which is cheaper.
I think technologies [like StoreDot’s] could start entering the market. But, since they will be more difficult to manufacture, we’re likely to initially only see them in niche markets that are highly performance-driven and not as price-sensitive.Anna Tomaszewska, At Imperial College, London, UK
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