Has the hassle of using a
charging stationor fear of getting stranded somewhere without a charge stopped you from buying an electric car?
Range anxietyis a real problem for potential and even current EV owners, but engineers and automakers are working around the clock to try and find a technological solution.
All about Enovix’s battery technology
3D Silicon Lithium-ion battery designer and manufacturer Enovix announced that it could charge its EV test cells from 0 to 80% capacity in just 5.2 minutes and reach a capacity of over 98% in under 10 minutes.
This technological development could be huge for the future of electric vehicles.
The proprietary 3D cell architecture of Enovix’s batteries increases both the energy density of the battery and maintains a high cycle life. The battery was created with the goal of making high-energy batteries for mobile devices, but applying the technology to electric vehicle energy storage enables an even loftier goal of making renewable energy a more mainstream choice for consumers.
The company’s silicon lithium-ion batteries contain a 3D architecture and constraint system that contains a 100% active silicon anode. This anode can theoretically store twice as much lithium as the graphite anode used in current lithium-ion batteries.
These batteries even performed better at
higher temperatures, demonstrating a minimal capacity loss even after being exposed to elevated temperatures for six months.
Other innovative new technology on the horizon
While Enovix’s technology is promising, the race to create the best fast-charging battery is already well underway.
A Swiss multinational company claims to have invented the world’s fastest electric vehicle charger that can power up to four vehicles simultaneously, while engineers at Penn State have developed lithium iron phosphate batteries, which offer a 250-mile (402 km) range and a charging time of 10 minutes.
Some companies, like Dutch automotive startup
Lightyear, have created a car that is capable of charging itself through solar power, without needing to be plugged in at all.
A proposed infrastructure project for the Midwestern United States could implement roads capable of wirelessly charging your car while you drive.
How fast charge times could change the industry
For many drivers, even spending 30 minutes recharging their electric car battery at a DC fast charger is just not compatible with their lifestyle while gas stations remain convenient and abundant.
Interesting Engineering reported that Enovix’s Co-Founder, CEO, and President, Harrold Rust linked speedier charging times as one key to accelerating widespread EV adoption. “[W]e’ve been able to demonstrate a level of performance that meets and exceeds many OEM roadmaps,” said Rust.
While electric vehicles are more popular than ever, EV adoption remains very low in the U.S., where many areas lack the charging infrastructure to support EVs. Every step towards making EVs easier and more convenient to use is a step towards a greener future.
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