New Car Battery Developed Capable of Full Charge in Five Minutes
A company called Storedot has developed and new generation of car battery that is capable of a full charge in 5 minutes, providing a range of up to 300 miles.
Charging times are one of the bigger inconveniences of an electric car right now, even fast chargers available at most stations now still require 30-40 minutes to get around 80% charge on some popular electric models.
With a 7kW home charger you need an overnight charge in the region of 6-10 hours. Home chargers are useful but the potential of for 5 minute charging stations in the future, could make the need for home chargers much less of a necessity. For those people where having a home charger is difficult or impossible this is currently a big barrier to purchasing an electric vehicle.
Stordot say it is a ‘new type of electric-car battery consisting of proprietary organic compounds – based on the innovative materials used in its FlashBattery for mobile devices. The EV FlashBattery will enable a charging experience which is very similar to fuelling a gasoline car’.
Storedot also say that this ‘FlashBattery is environmentally safer than a Li-ion battery, utilizing organic compounds and a friendlier aquatic based manufacturing process’.
Manufacturing and material costs are on a par with current electric car battery, so they should be just as cost effective.
One of the barriers to faster charging is now infrastructure, in order to hit the ‘5 minute’ charging capabilities of these prototype batteries new/faster charging stations will need to be introduced and talks are already underway with companies like BP.
Other companies at the forefront of electric cat technology like Tesla and Enevate are also developing new fast charging batteries.
An electric car capable of a full charge in 5 minutes will remove what is widely considered the biggest concern and inconvenience of buying an electric car. Some industry experts say we could see this technology on our roads within the next three years.