The demand for the purchase of an electric car is increasing. While this is an essential requirement in the fight against the climate crisis, the sector faces some difficulties in convincing skeptics that the transition to a sustainable mode of transport will be worth it. The main problem is charging: availability of a sufficient number of charging stations along the routes, problems of compatibility of the different technologies adapted by charging stations and sockets in cars, risk of fire and possible refill.
Uncertainty about where and if drivers will find a charging station when they need one continues to be a major barrier to the widespread adoption of electric vehicle mobility. Another big concern for pilots is battery life – how long will it last? Or, how long will it take to load?
It is widely accepted that recharging is more expensive than gasoline.
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Many have found solutions to these problems. In 2021, an Israel-based company claimed to have batteries that could be charged in five minutes. American researchers have recently developed a design that can recharge the batteries in 10 minutes.
In 2021, StoreDot claimed to have developed a new lithium-ion battery that can be charged in five minutes. The company is known for its extremely fast charging batteries in mobiles, drones and scooters to introduce its technology to automakers. The firm hopes to be able to recharge a car battery with 100 miles of range in five minutes using current charging infrastructure.
Recently, US researchers have found a solution to charging time duration, saying they have devised a super-fast method that can fully charge multiple EV batteries in 10 minutes or less without damaging the vehicle. They said it needed to be balanced to charge the lithium-ion batteries that power automobiles.
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One option to charge the car faster is to modify the charging protocol to maximize charging speed while protecting the various automotive battery designs currently in use.
Eric Dufek, a researcher, said: “We have dramatically increased the amount of energy that can enter a battery cell in a short time.”
“Currently, we are seeing batteries charge over 90% in 10 minutes without lithium plating or cathode cracking,” IANS quoted him as saying.
The researchers said they would use the model to create even better procedures and help create batteries for better charging.
Fast-charging batteries are in production and could be on the market in the coming years.
Meanwhile, there are already other innovations, such as the displacement of robotic charging stations, attempts to have chargers in parking lots and shopping malls, etc.
Until charging technologies become standardized and ubiquitous, the adoption of electric vehicles will be a long time coming.
(With agency contributions)