Battery capacity might soon be doubled.
Many of those drivers, preffering ICE driven cars over electric cars (in addition to the high purchase price) still criticise electric cars on the one hand because of slow charging, and on the other, because of short range – even if more than 100 kilometres with one charge is no longer science fiction. Nevertheless, we could soon see a new level of development in this area too, thanks to a group of researchers at Deakin University in Australia.
A group of researchers led by Dr. Fangfang Chen and Dr. Xiaoen Wang, were able to produce solid electrolytes from conventional industrial polymers that could store twice the amount of electricity at the same capacity of the battery packs. This was achieved by placing these electrolytes in existing battery packs instead of the existing acid used for these purposes. They have also practically wiped out the possibility of self-ignition of batteries that we have seen in recent years with batteries from certain mobile phone manufacturers using the same technology.
The new battery packs will, instead of the 250 watt hours per kilogram like with battery pack incorporated in Tesla Model 3, offer as much as 500 watt hours of energy per kilogram of weight. The battery packs will therefore be more powerful on the one hand, safer on the other, and, given that new and revolutionary materials are not needed to produce them manufacturers can quickly introduce them into production without any major problems.