New Battery Technology Would Allow Consumers To Recharge Electric Cars, Phones In 6 Minutes

Posted: Aug 26 2019, 7:44am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 26 2019, 8:00am CDT, in Technology News

 

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New Battery Technology Would Allow Consumers To Recharge Electric Cars, Phones in 6 Minutes

A U.K.-based company says it is ready to revolutionize the battery industry.

Sawston-based Echion Technologies is ready to launch a solution which could solve the biggest problem of the consumer electronics and driverless cars industry. The company claims that it has developed a technology that would make it possible for electric cars to get a full recharge in just about 6 minutes. Currently, it takes around 30-45 minutes for an average electric car to get a full recharge.

If the solution works, Echion would solve the biggest problem of the EV industry, sometimes known as “range anxiety.” Consumers tend to avoid taking long road trips on their electric cars because they fear that their car battery would need charging and they would not be able to find any charging station. Governments are unable to install charging stations in remote areas due to huge costs. A report by WSJ suggests that lithium-ion batteries account for up to 40% of an electric vehicle’s total cost.

But how would Echion solve the problem? The company’s founder Dr De La Verpilliere says that Echion was able to achieve a recharge time of 6 minutes because it replaced graphite in Lithium-Ion batteries with a special material. Verpilliere didn’t name the material.

Echion Technologies was founded by Dr De La Verpilliere when he working on his PhD thesis in University of Cambridge.

Talking to Cambridge Independent, the founder said that the powder in the secret material would make it possible for users to charge their phones and cars under 6 minutes. He also said that unlike conventional Lithium-Ion batteries, the new material won’t explode. The main cause of explosions in Lithium-Ion batteries is graphite, but since Echion Technologies replaced graphite in their technology, they were able to remove the possibilities of explosions.

Verpilliere told the news outlet that his company is planning to commercialize the new technology in early 2020.

Echion’s website says that its materials “drop-in” to existing battery manufacturing infrastructure with no increased costs.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/26" rel="author">Fahad Saleem</a>
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