This new technology can charge your EV battery in 3 minutes.
The automobile market is gradually being overtaken by electric cars in all segments. Major automakers from across the world have also committed to switching to all-electric vehicles in the near future, these major carmakers have started moving in that direction with their upcoming EV lineup. Even though there aren’t many options available now, the market for electric vehicles has grown significantly.
Electric cars are powered by a battery, which is the main energy source to drive the traction motor. This onboard battery needs to be charged often and it’s a time-consuming process. The battery technology is not there yet to make an electric vehicle practical in most of cases. Charging an electric car often takes anywhere between 30 mins to 15 hrs based on the type of charger you use and other ambient conditions. This is another reason why EV adoption is still on the lower side and EVs are yet to dominate the market.
While the industry is working on addressing this issue, Adden Energy, A Harvard-backed start-up has developed a battery that can fully charge in three minutes. This new battery also has a greater life span than the best battery technology available in the market right now. To put it into numbers, this new-age battery technology could last twice more as the current batteries. The new coin-cell battery prototype supports 5,000-10,000 cycles in a lifetime as against the 2,000 to 3,000 charging cycles of typical batteries. The current vehicle traction batteries come with a lifespan of around 8 years, now with this new research, we can expect batteries to last for about 15 years.
For commercialising the revolutionary battery, the business has obtained $5.15 million in investment. Harvard’s Office of Technology Development has granted an exclusive licence for the technology.
What future looks like
The new advancement toward optimizing battery charging time would definitely help in EV adoption, especially for those who did not have access to charging stations at home. However, the broad adoption of electric vehicles requires batteries which can support multiple use cases. This technology should ultimately come to all segments.
From a sustainability point of view, we have to shift away from fossil fuels as soon as possible. It is only possible with advancements in clean technologies such as batteries and upcoming technologies like Fuel Cell. Electric vehicle batteries will continue to improve in terms of performance and lifespan as well as reducing costs per mile travelled. This implies that future EVs will likely be even more affordable. EVs would eventually overtake ICE