An Electric Car Battery That Supports An Almost 250 Mile Range?

A new development in extending the range of electric cars on a single charge of a battery could soon mean range anxiety is more of a thing of the past. This interesting research breakthrough comes from Australia’s University of Wollongong (UOW).

Researchers at UOW’s Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials (ISEM), according to the university, have been working on improving lithium-ion batteries for not just electric cars, but also portable devices like mobile phones to extend their talk time. Led by nano-engineer Professor Zaiping Guo, they are said to have developed “a new Germanium (Ge)-based material with 5 times more energy storage and the potential to go at least 2 times farther on a charge than current electric vehicles.”

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Guo, talking with the Illwarra Mercury, said that, specific to EVs, most typically have a range of 160 km, or about 100 miles. With the new battery development, they believe by “applying our nano-material engineering technology to lithium batteries, we have been able to develop a battery that can achieve a 400-kilometre (248 miles) driving range.”

As an added bonus, what’s described as independent tests show “significant reduction in charging times for the GE-based batteries” which, in the case of electric cars, reportedly could be “in about two minutes rather than a couple of hours.”

Noting that the “novel anode materials are very simple to synthesize and cost-effective,” it is believed by Guo the overall manufacturing technique is inexpensive. The flip side? The Ge material price, especially compared to other candidates, is significantly high at the moment. It is hoped though mass production could bring the price down.

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  • Reply May 9, 2013

    Brett Lee

    Great information dear. Some more interesting stuff about Mobile Battery Care Tips to share

  • Reply May 10, 2013

    Joe Weil

    Missing a key ingredient, how many cycles and what is the degradation rate?

  • Reply May 10, 2013

    Joe Weil

    OH, and Brett Lee is a lying piece of phishing crap, so don’t bother.

  • Reply May 13, 2013

    Steve Beinart

    The real-life “range” is going to be about half of whatever they claim. See, once you start turning the headlights, a/c, & heater on, the range drops precipitously.

  • Reply May 21, 2013

    Neil Blanchard

    The other part of range is the efficiency of the car itself. After the drivetrain, the aerodynamic drag of any car is the next most important factor of how far a car can go on a charge. If the Nissan Leaf was as low drag as the GM EV1, then it would have a range of about 120-140 miles.

    So, even with the batteries we have today, EV’s could have ranges of 180-300+ miles IF they aerodynamic drag was 10-30% lower drag than the Prius or the original Insight or the EV1.


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