by Reginald Davey: Battery technologies are central to electric vehicles (EVs.) These technologies have become more sophisticated in recent years,
Electric Vehicles: Driving the Industry Toward an Emission-Free Future
Transportation is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind the energy industry. Addressing this issue and reducing the industry’s impact on climate change is a central concern of researchers, industry bodies, and governments worldwide.
In the past decade, the global electric vehicle market has taken a significant leap forward, with increased consumer demand for ultra-low emission vehicles driving the industry’s evolution. While the global COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the automobile industry somewhat, growth in EV sales has remained positive.
Global sales of electric vehicles nearly doubled (43%) from 2019 figures in 2020, with the market share of EVs growing to 4.3%. Again, in 2021, sales doubled to 6.75 million units worldwide. By 2021, more electric vehicles will be sold in a week than in 2012.
Meeting global net-zero goals is a large part of this revolution in EVs, with many countries aiming to phase out the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles completely over the coming decades. However, key concerns remain with electric vehicles, such as range anxiety, battery performance, and sustainability.
Improving Battery Technologies
The race for improved EV batteries has been likened to a new gold rush. Developing battery technologies that give EVs better range, faster charging times, and enhanced performance, reliability, and safety is a central focus of research in the industry.
Several exciting developments have been reported by researchers and automakers in the past few years, which will help the EV industry meet the demands and address the concerns of consumers. While many challenges still lie ahead, driving the transportation sector toward a post-carbon model is essential.
A Game-Changing Fast-Charging Hybrid EV Battery
One of the chief concerns which currently hinders widespread consumer adoption of EV technologies is their charging time. While progress has been made in reducing charging times from the several hours that EVs have required until recently, current commercially available models cannot compete with ICE vehicles in this respect.
Charging a battery in less time than it takes to refuel an ICE vehicle would be a game-changing development in battery technology that could significantly increase the consumer uptake of these vehicles.
Morand, a Swiss start-up, has revealed an innovative battery technology that reduces the charging time for EVs to around 72 seconds. The company’s innovative EV battery is a hybrid system that utilizes both conventional battery and ultracapacitor technologies.