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Electric car battery breakthrough could allow EVs to be recharged in SECONDS, claims study


One of Brits biggest concerns with electric cars is the limited amount of range a lot of current models produce. 

The term ‘range anxiety’, is banded about a lot as some drivers fear that EVs can’t match up to their current combustion-engined car in terms of fuel economy and performance. 

Most electric cars are manufactured with a lithium-ion battery which is also used in smartphones and other personal technology. 

However, a new style of electric car battery could remove range anxiety completely and even surpass the capabilities of petrol and diesel vehicles. 

A new ‘refillable’ technology has seen a large advancement as the ‘flow’ battery concept gains some traction. 

Testing is showing that the battery could provide enough power to allow cars to travel for as much as 3,000 miles. 

It has initially been tested in golf carts but the technology could eventually make its way into production cars. 

“The jump that this technology has made in the past two years is a testament to its value in changing the way we power our vehicles,” said John Cushman, Purdue University distinguished professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences and a professor of mathematics. 

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A new type of electric car battery is being developed (Image: GETTY)

“It’s a game-changer for the next generation of electric cars because it does not require a very costly rebuild of the electric grid throughout the US. 

“Instead, one could convert gas stations to pump fresh electrolyte and discard depleted electrolyte and convert oil-changing facilities to anode replacing stations. 

“It is easier and safer to use and is more environmentally friendly than existing battery systems.”

The patented technology would by replacing the fluid in the batteries about every 300 miles which is similar to how you’d refill a car. 

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The technology is being tested on gold cars and scooters at the moment (Image: YOUTUBE)

Every 3,000 miles, the anode material is replaced, costing around $65 and taking the same amount of time as an oil change. 

John Cushman explained to Express.co.uk that they are working on refilling your car with “an aqueous electrolyte at a gas station every 300 miles and then change out the anode at 3000+ miles.”

He said that so far the technology is only working on golf carts and scooters currently but there is the ambition to extend this to full EVs.

The electrolyte in the battery would also be replaced on a similar time scale as a petrol fill up, added John, which means that you do not need to wait for the car to be recharged.

“The battery does two things: it produces electricity and it produces hydrogen. That is important because most hydrogen-powered cars run on a 5,000 or 10,000 PSI [pounds per square inch] tank, which can be dangerous,” said Michael Dziekan, senior engineer for IFBattery. 

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The battery being developed and tested (Image: YOUTUBE)

“This system generates hydrogen as you need it, so you can safely store hydrogen at pressures of 20 or 30 PSI instead of 10,000.”

The problem with flow batteries previously was the density of the energy they produce being too low.

“The battery does two things: it produces electricity and it produces hydrogen. That is important because most hydrogen-powered cars run on a 5,000 or 10,000 PSI [pounds per square inch] tank, which can be dangerous,” said Michael Dziekan, senior engineer for IFBattery. 

“This system generates hydrogen as you need it, so you can safely store hydrogen at pressures of 20 or 30 PSI instead of 10,000.”

The single-fluid technology oxides the and which produces electrons and through a reduction at the cathode, it generates the current of energy to power vehicles, reports Purdue. 

“We are at the point now where we can generate a lot of power. More power than you would ever guess could come out of a battery like this,” Cushman said.

The used battery fluids or electrolytes can be collected and taken to solar farm, wind turbine or hydroelectric plant to be reused again. 

“It is the full circle of energy with very little waste,” Cushman said. 

“IFBattery’s components are safe enough to be stored in a family home, are stable enough to meet major production and distribution requirements and are cost-effective.”



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