Super-fast electric car charging: a game-changing breakthrough

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We all know that electric cars are the future. They’re good for the planet and they’re becoming more popular every day. But there’s one big problem—charging them can take a long time.

Imagine stopping for a snack on a road trip and having to wait hours for your car to be ready to go again. But what if we could speed that up—a lot?

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are doing just that. They’ve come up with a new kind of battery that’s a game-changer.

A Battery That Charges in a Flash

The scientists at ORNL have made a special type of lithium-ion battery. This is the same kind of battery that powers most electric cars today. But there’s something special about this new one.

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

How did they do it? Well, inside every battery, there are things called ions that move back and forth between positive and negative ends (called electrodes).

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

Safe, Efficient, and Long-Lasting

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

They made some of these new batteries at their own lab and ran them through a bunch of tests to make sure they’re safe and reliable. The results were so impressive that they were published in a scientific journal.

Zhijia Du, the leader of the team, said that their new battery formula does much better than what the Department of Energy was hoping for. It lasts three times longer than what experts thought a super-fast-charging battery could endure.

What Does This Mean for Us?

So what does this all mean for everyday people like you and me? Imagine going on a road trip and stopping for a quick restroom break or to grab a coffee.

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

This new technology could make electric cars much more convenient and could help them become the go-to choice for even more people.

In a world that’s looking for ways to be more eco-friendly, 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 findings can be found in Batteries & Supercaps.

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Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory