A Japanese car manufacturer is claiming to have produced a battery for an electric car that can be charged in 20 minutes and last for 200 miles. If true, this could be a significant game changer in the electric car industry.
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Major car manufacturers are now investing in electric vehicles, and one of their primary areas of focus has been the development of fast-charging batteries to service these cars. At present, lithium ion batteries remain the go-to option for EVs, but the amount of power they provide and their charging capacity leaves much to be desired.
In 2008, the Japanese company pioneered SCiB rechargeable battery cells, and now, they claim to have developed even better SCiB batteries that can give EVs a 320-kilometer (almost 200-mile) range after just six minutes of ultra-fast charging.
The secret to both rapid charging and preserving a battery’s robustness is the material used in its anodes — a part of a battery through which electrons pass.
In their 2008 SCiBs, Toshiba used anodes made from lithium titanium oxide. These new generation SCiBs have anodes made from titanium niobium oxide, which Toshiba said in a press release maintains 90 percent of the battery’s capacity even after 5,000 charging cycles.