Super-fast charging of electric cars: a groundbreaking breakthrough

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We all know that electric cars are the future. They are good for the planet and are becoming more popular every day. However, there is one big problem: it can take a long time to charge.

Imagine stopping for a snack on a road trip and having to wait hours for your car to be ready to drive again. But what if we could speed this up – significantly?

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are doing just that. They have developed a new type of battery that is groundbreaking.

A battery that charges lightning fast

ORNL scientists have created a special type of lithium-ion battery. This is the same type of battery that powers most electric cars today. But this new one has something special.

It can be charged up to 80% in just 10 minutes! What’s even more amazing is that this can be done over and over again for 1,500 charging cycles. That’s a lot of fast charging and that means the battery is both fast and long-lasting.

How did you do that? Well, in every battery there are so-called ions that move back and forth between positive and negative ends (called electrodes).

These ions travel through a kind of “fluid highway” called electrolytes. Zhijia Du and his team at ORNL have developed a new formula for this electrolyte that keeps the ions moving smoothly even when the battery gets hot from super-fast charging.

Safe, efficient and durable

Of course, safety is a big issue with something as important as a car battery. That’s why the researchers tested their new batteries extensively.

They have manufactured some of these new batteries in their own laboratory and subjected them to a series of tests to ensure they are safe and reliable. The results were so impressive that they were published in a scientific journal.

Zhijia Du, the team’s leader, said their new battery formula worked much better than what the Energy Ministry had hoped. It lasts three times longer than experts thought a super-fast charging battery could last.

What does this mean for us?

What does this all mean for everyday people like you and me? Imagine you’re on a road trip and you take a quick bathroom break or a coffee break.

By the time you’re back in your car, it may be mostly charged and ready to get back on the road. No more waiting hours for a full charge.

This new technology could make electric cars much more convenient and help make them the first choice for even more people.

In a world looking for ways to go green, this new battery could be a big step in the right direction. It’s not just a win for electric car owners; It’s a win for the planet.

The research results can be found in Batteries & Supercaps.

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Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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