STATE COLLEGE, Pa., - Battery technology has finally reached the point that you can drive an electric vehicle without constant range anxiety, but you still have to plan ahead for charging. Even Teslas, which charge faster than other EVs, need almost an hour to fill up completely at a SuperCharger. Researchers from Penn State University say it may be possible to design electric vehicle batteries that charge in as little as 10 minutes. The key, apparently, is to turn up the heat, writes Ryan Whitwam for ExtremeTech.com. Continue reading original article
The Intelligent Aerospace take:
November 1, 2019-With electric vehicles, range and charging are the glaring weaknesses compared to traditional fossil fuel powered land-, air-, and seacraft. Battery technology has improved, but charging those batteries has been a relatively time consuming process compared to pumping gasoline or jet fuel. However, by implementing nickel foil to the battery, Penn State researchers have found a way to transfer power - and heat - in a way that makes it possible to get the vehicle back on the move in minutes. This bodes well for electric cars, of course, but electric aircraft as well.
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