Types Of Fast Charging Battery Solutions

Types Of Fast Charging Battery Solutions

Many startups are working on solutions for the energy sector, on a global level. Here are some fast-charging battery methods from some of these promising startups that can prove revolutionary for usage in electric vehicles.

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Addionics’s 3D Nanostructure Cathodes
A 3D nanostructure for battery cathodes allows for faster charging and discharging without any loss in energy storage capacity

The 3D Ni nanowire meshes exhibit a semi-ordered structure which has some of the highest combined porosity [measure of the void (i.e. “empty”) spaces in a material] and surface-to-volume ratio among macroporous metals (pores of a size greater than 50 nm.)

GBatteries’ Adaptive Pulse Charing
Used for Li-on and Li-polymer batteries, it determines overcharged, undercharged, normal, and degraded operating conditions, improving the battery life of cells for electric cars.

How Do They Do That?
An AI-based tech uses adaptive pulse charging algorithm for lower impedance periods or less opposition of a circuit to current. Thus, batteries don’t heat up during ultra-fast charging

Geyser Batteries – Aqueous Electrochemistry
Aqueous electrochemistry, wherein the solvent is mostly water, in order to combine the energy storage of batteries with the durability and power of supercapacitors in a single system.

What Are Supercapacitors?
They are electrochemical energy storage devices, which store and release energy by reversible adsorption and desorption of ions at the interfaces between electrode materials and electrolytes.

Invertedpower – DC Fast Charging
This fast charging method converts alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) for reducing the charging time of a battery. 

How Is This Done?
The tech bypasses the onboard charger of EVs and sends this direct current directly to the battery. So charging is not limited by the performance of the onboard charger and is much quicker.

  • Quick Charge is a proprietary technology that allows for the charging of battery-powered devices, primarily mobile phones. Introduced by Qualcomm, it primarily introduced the concept of fast charging to Mobile phones.
  • Qi is an open interface standard that defines wireless power transfer using inductive charging over distances of up to 4 cm, developed by the Wireless Power Consortium. The system uses a charging pad and a compatible device, which is placed on top of the pad, charging via resonant inductive coupling.
  • IEC 61851 is an international standard for electric vehicle conductive charging systems, parts of which are currently still under development. IEC 61851 is one of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s groups of standards for electric road vehicles and electric industrial trucks

Pravaig MK-1: The Longest Range EV In India

Pravaig MK-1: The Longest Range EV In India

Earlier this month, Bengaluru-based Pravaig Dynamics has conceptualised its first indigenous electric car which can run 504 km on a single charge. Aimed to be launched by next year, let’s see how this will level up the EV game in India.

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Fast Charging Capabilities
Pravaig’s Extinction MK-1 has a battery range of 507 km, which can replenish to about 80% in 30 mins. It also has a maximum power output of 204 PS, along with a huge 2400 Nm torque at wheel.

The Exterior Design
As per reports, MK-1 has attention-grabbing minimalistic elements, with the front sporting a grille, which is integrated with an LED light bar that connects the headlights. 

What About The Interiors?

  • 160 degree reclinable seats
  • A sunroof
  • Electrically adjustable leather seats
  • A large, touchscreen infotainment system
  • A digital instrument cluster
  • Ambient lighting

What’s More?
The made-in-India car will be propelled by a 96 kWh battery pack which will power a 201 BHP electric motor. This combo will allow the EV to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds.

When Can We See It On The Roads?
Pravaig has issued a statement, stating its plans to initially produce 2,500 units of the EV annually from next year.

The Walkaround Video
The  prototype of the car was spotted testing on roads in Delhi by Namaste Car, who has made a walkaround video of MK-1 here:

  • In 2012, Tesla began building a network of 480-volt fast-charging Supercharger stations. As of December 2019, there are 1,716 Supercharger stations operated globally with over 15,000 superchargers. Model S and X cars ordered before January 15, 2017 received free unlimited supercharging.
  • Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited, formerly known as the Reva Electric Car Company, is an Indian company based in Bangalore, involved in designing and manufacturing of compact electric vehicles. The company’s first vehicle was the REVAi electric car, available in 26 countries with more than 4,000 of its different versions sold worldwide by mid-March 2011. 
  • A Green recovery is a widely adopted name for a package of environmental, regulatory and fiscal reforms to recover prosperity after the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been broad support from political parties, governments, activists and academia across many developed economies to ensure that investments to lift countries out of economic recession are spent in a way that combats global warming, including the reduction of coal, oil, and gas use, as well as the investment in clean transport, renewable energy, eco-friendly buildings, and sustainable corporate or financial practices.

Ola Announces Largest E-Scooter Production Facility In India

Automobile companies are developing vehicles for sustainable transportation. Ola will set up India's largest e-scooter production facility.

Nowadays, many automobile companies are venturing into developing electronic vehicles (EVs). For instance, the US’s largest automaker General Motors in February 2020 announced its plans to exit from the Australian and New Zealand market to make room for EV production. Recently, India’s ride-hailing service startup Ola announced that they will set up the world’s largest e-scooter production facility in India. Let’s dive deeper into Ola’s plans.

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About Ola
Ola is a mobility platform and ride-hailing company founded by Ankit Bhati and Bhavish Aggarwal in 2010. The company has received funds of $3.8 billion to date. The company headquarters is in Bangalore.

Launching E-Scooter
Ola Electric, a subsidiary of Ola, announced to launch e-scooters in New Zealand to help its government achieve the vision of on-roading over 64,000 new EVs by 2021. Moreover, it will help in making the public sector carbon neutral by 2025. Tiger Global, Matrix India, Ratan Tata, and other high-profile investors have invested ~$400 million in Ola Electric.

Largest E-Scooter Facility
Ola has announced that it will set up the world’s largest e-scooter production unit in India. Ola Electric and Tamil Nadu government signed MoU worth ₹2,400 crores to set up an e-scooter production factory at Hosur. It is expected to create +10,000 jobs. The factory will have the capacity to produce 20 lakh units per year. These e-scooters will cater to the domestic as well as foreign markets.

‘We are excited to announce our plans to set up the world’s largest scooter factory. This is a significant milestone for Ola and a proud moment for our country as we rapidly progress towards realising our vision of moving the world to sustainable mobility solutions across shared and owned mobility.

Bhavish Aggarwal, Chairman and Group CEO, Ola

Ola’s Edge
Electric scooters are the most efficient and cleanest solution for urban mobility. Ola acquired Amsterdam-based EV startup Etergo developed an e-scooter called AppScooter. In 2018 the company released AppScooter. It has a range of 240 km with swappable high energy density batteries.

  • FAME India – Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India – is a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 of the Indian government in the Union Budget for 2015-16 with an initial outlay of ₹75 crores. Under this scheme, the government announced that it will offer incentives on electric and hybrid vehicles of up to ₹29,000 for bikes and ₹1.38 lakh for cars.
  • In India, Scooters that have their top speed capped at 25km per hour need not be registered by the road transport authorities. Also, since they are not motorbikes, you also do not have to worry about obtaining a license to drive them on the road.
  • Ola initially started off as Olatrip.com, a website that offered package weekend trips. Bhavish Aggarwal, the CEO, used to give handouts of tour/travel packages to visitors at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Your Childhood Dream Of Flying Car, A Reality Soon

Japan-based SkyDrive has completed its first public manned flying car test with their model SD-03. They plan to launch it for public use by 2023. So what’s different about this aerial vehicle? How will it co-exist with traditional road transport?

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SkyDrive’s SD-03
The flying demonstration of model SD-03, developed by Japan-based firm Skydrive, took place last month at the Toyota Test Field. This test comes 2 years after SkyDrive was formally launched, and 7 years after the start of the car development under Cartivator, SkyDrive’s founding company, and joint developer.

What’s Special About This?
It is the first public manned flying car test that has been successful and it has already raised around $36.6 million in the Series B round of funding. It could cruise around the test field for 4 minutes with a pilot at a height of 10 ft, who was accompanying the computer-run controls while the on-site staff was monitoring for backup needs.

Designed To Co-Exist With Regular Road Vehicles?
SD-03 is also the world’s smallest electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle. It has two white lights at its front, and red light underneath, to help onlookers identify the direction that the car is flying in.

What Is eVTOL?
It is an aircraft that can hover, take off, and land vertically. This includes fixed-wing aircrafts, helicopters, cyclogyros/cyclocopters and tiltrotors. It has a flight control augmentation and situational awareness that accompanies vehicles designed for autonomous operation and avoid accidents caused by human error.

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Electric operations of eVTOL reduce carbon emissions at the point of operation. As per a paper published last year by the University of Michigan, it was found that a fully loaded flying car would be more efficient than an electric car at a distance of more than 60 miles and gasoline-burning cars for distances greater than 21 miles.

As electrification of aerial mobility will continue to grow in the next decade, they would be greener than even electric road cars, cutting emissions while reducing traffic on busy roads.

What’s SkyDrive’s Main Goal?
Its goal is to bring the flying cars to the market by 2023 and the planned car concept, the SD-XX, will have a capacity of 2 people.

The size of the batteries, air traffic control, and other infrastructure problems will be worked upon till then, to comply with the safety requirements of the Civil Aeronautics Act.

  • PAL-V is a Dutch company that is involved in the development of the first commercial flying car, the PAL-V Liberty. PAL-V stands for Personal Air and Land Vehicle.
  • Futurists are people whose specialty or interest is futurology or the attempt to systematically explore predictions and possibilities about the future and how they can emerge from the present, whether that of human society in particular or of life on Earth in general. The term “futurist” most commonly refers to people who attempt to predict the future (sometimes called trend analysis) such as authors, consultants, thinkers and organizational leaders.
  • Toyota was the world’s first automobile manufacturer to produce more than 10 million vehicles per year. The company was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937, as a spinoff from his father’s company Toyota Industries, to manufacture automobiles.