South Korea Pushes Nanotechnology To Develop Electric Cars

Posted: Apr 11 2016, 2:18am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 11 2016, 9:30pm CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles


South Korea Pushes Nanotechnology To Develop Electric Cars
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The South Korean ICT ministry announces plans to develop an electric car with a 310 mile range by 2025.

If you are a country that does not have Tesla Motors, your electric car dreams need to stay modest. The South Korean government announced today plans to develop an electric car with a range of 310 miles (500km) by 2025 using nano-technology. A current Tesla Model S has a range of 270 miles. South Korea wants to slightly top that range in 9 years. 

That does not sound that ambitious. The big enabler here is supposed nano-technology. According to Korean News service Yonhap, the ICT minstry said: "The development of nano-technology will lend support to the competitiveness of the local manufacturing industry, and generate a new growth engine," the ministry said, adding the development will also help establish an environment-friendly sustainable society.

The South Korea is invest 562.1 billion won (US$490 million) this year to promote the application of nano-technology not only in the car industry, but also in the development of semiconductors and new materials.

The announcement did not reveal any specific details on how nano-technology would be used in the electric car battery technology. Research is underway that tries to use nanotechnology to ehance the increase the size and surface of batteries electrodes, increasing the capacity of storing energy.

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