Worldwide Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity. However, the time taken to charge it is a big problem.
But things are going to change, as Swiss startup Morand is developing an ultra-fast rechargeable battery pack that can revolutionize mobility.
According to the company, new technology could charge EV batteries in lesser time than the average gas fill-up at a gas station. This new technology called eTechnology is a hybrid system that uses the characteristics of an ultracapacitor and traditional batteries. As a result, researchers created a durable and ultra-fast energy pack that can be recharged in seconds.
In the tests, a 7.2-kWh eTechnology prototype was able to recharge to 80% in just 72 seconds, 98% in 120 seconds, and 100% in 2.5 minutes at up to 900 A/360 kW.
eTechnology offers much longer lifespans than the typical chemical batteries traditionally used in EVs
Unlike typical chemical batteries that have an expected lifetime of 3,000-5,000 charge and discharge cycles, eTechnology cells can easily complete over 50,000 cycles. Morand states that the longest-running test approached 70,000 cycles.
This hybrid system has minimal performance impact from temperature and negligible maintenance requirements. It is not only a more sustainable design but is also safer than other energy storage solutions.