The perks of driving an
electric car—a smooth ride, eco-friendly, and saved money on fuel—are numerous, but many dissenters cite one major drawback in the amount of time they take to charge. While you might be spending more money fueling up at the gas pump, gas stations are quick and convenient, refilling your tank in just two to three minutes on average.
Many electric car owners use Level 2 chargers when their car is parked overnight at home, but what about when they’re on the road? Even the fastest level of electric chargers can take 20 to 40 minutes to recharge 80% of your battery—for now, at least.
This brings us to quantum charging, a proposed new level of electric car charging that can cut the time it takes to refill your battery from ten hours to just three minutes. Millions of new electric cars are being sold every year, and as this technology takes over the mainstream, electric car manufacturers want to make driving one as
affordable, convenient, and accessible as possible for everyone.
What is quantum charging?
According to a report by
EurekAlert, The possibility of creating a “quantum battery” was first proposed by a research paper in 2012. The battery packs of electric cars are made of hundreds of cells, all of which charge independently of one another. Quantum charging proposes that by using quantum resources, all of the cells in a battery could be charged simultaneously.
The Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems more recently published a paper exploring this further, even theorizing a way that such batteries could be designed. The paper proposed that quantum batteries could accomplish “quadratic scaling” in charging speed.
In an average electric car with 200 cells, quantum charging would allow for a charge that typically takes ten hours to take just three minutes. At a high-speed Level 3 charging station, fueling up could happen in seconds.
Preparing for a sustainable future
We may be a ways away from actually implementing quantum technology anytime soon, but the scope that quantum charging could have reaches far beyond just electric cars.
Quantum batteries would revolutionize the energy industry as a whole, and even have possible implications in future fusion power plants that require large amounts of energy to be charged and discharged quickly. It could also be used for electronic consumer goods, more and more of which are being made wireless with rechargeable batteries every day.
While research is still in its infancy, the more consumers gravitate towards rechargeable goods like electric cars, the more demand there will be to incentivize funding of quantum charging research.
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