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5 New Battery Technologies That Could Change Everything

Batteries will determine the future of everything, including the electric vehicle industry, and even the solar and wind power sectors too. Things are about to get very interesting, but will industry cartels allow some of these radical new applications to upend the market yet?

Electric Future says…

What if your electric car could travel 1000 miles on a single charge, charge in 10 minutes, and last for 1 million miles? Today just about every electric car uses lithium ion batteries. They’re pretty good, but ultimately they’re heavy and have long charging times for the amount of energy they can store and are the main limiting factor in electric vehicle life.

In 2019 he said the Tesla Model 3 drive unit is rated for 1 million miles, but the battery isn’t as long lasting. To handle the predicted demand explosion for electric vehicles over the coming decades, we’ll need to create a breakthrough battery that is cheaper, longer lasting, more durable, and more efficient. We must also address the issues of political and environmental sustainability to ensure batteries remain tenable in an increasingly electric future. Over 80% of world’s lithium deposits are found in China, and current technology also relies heavily on cobalt, an element mostly found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After Tesla’s recent battery day, where Elon Musk announced a larger, tabless 4680 battery cell with improved energy density, greater ease of manufacturing, and lower cost. The world’s attention is now more focused on batteries than ever before, but Tesla isn’t the only show in town. Lithium air batteries. Metal air batteries have been around for a while. You might find a little zinc air button cell in a hearing aid, for example, but scaled up aluminum and lithium air chemistries are also promising for the automotive and aerospace industries. The potential for lightweight batteries with high energy storage makes this battery technology promising. Lithium air batteries could have a maximum theoretical specific energy of 3,460 W h/kg, almost 10 times more than lithium ion. NASA researchers have also been investigating lithium air batteries for use in aircraft. This technology still has a long way to go before your take your next business trip is in an electric plane.

Learn about these and other emerging battery applications currently in development – which have the potential to transform industries. Watch:

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