A breakthrough discovery could see electric vehicles driving for decades.
The dawn of the modern electric car has passed; electric and hybrid cars can be spotted in most towns, and has been accepted as a viable way of getting yourself from point A to point B, but range and charging time still haunts manufacturers who are trying to push the electric trend. While progress has been made, especially in the last year or two, the research done by Jeff Dahn in association with Tesla is set to change the game forever.
We've come to know Tesla boss Elon Musk as a big talker, but this latest development in battery technology could prove to be the game-changing element the electric auto manufacturer has been looking for with the potential to change the future of the automobile as we know it. Dahn's new discovery has been published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society (JES), who concluded that this new lithium-Ion battery technology could see electric vehicles travel for up to 1 million miles, and last for up to two decades in grid-storage.
Doron Aurbach, JES batteries technical editor, believes that the implementation of this new type of battery is closer than we think: "since the goal of the study was to provide a reliable benchmark and reference for Li-ion battery technology, the specific energy density of the batteries described is not the highest compared to what can be really reached by advanced Li-ion batteries. Based on the study, Li-ion batteries will soon be developed that make driving over 500 kilometers (over 300 miles) from charge to charge possible," he said.
This new development gives hope that the Tesla semi-truck, first unveiled in 2017 and scheduled for production in 2019, will actually see the light of day. Two years ago Musk promised the world a semi-truck which could accelerate to sixty in 20 seconds while carrying an 80,000 lbs payload and would have a functional range of between 300 and 500 miles. If this new battery is as good as it sounds it will change the logistics and transport sector as we know it.