Batteries

Are better EV battery technologies coming?

Several companies are working on enhanced batteries for EVs. However, today’s lithium-ion batteries are still probably good enough for you.

Are better EV battery technologies coming?

One of the reasons many prospective car buyers give for not buying an electric car today is that they don’t feel that the batteries are good enough yet to meet their daily driving needs. At Link, we disagree and will help you find the perfect electric car today and you can schedule a consultation with an EV expert to get started. 

That said, are there battery technologies beyond today’s lithium ion technology that hold promise for faster charging and other improvements that will enhance the next generation of EVs? And what are the companies working on the challenge?

Companies working on new battery technologies for EVs

Different battery technology companies are taking different approaches in seeking to improve today’s lithium-ion batteries that are found in electric vehicles.

Enovix is updating the common lithium-ion battery by developing The Enovix 3D SiliconTM Lithium-ion Cell with a silicon anode, rather than the carbon anode present in regular lithium-ion batteries. The company claims that their new architecture and formulation will increase energy density and capacity of their batteries. Deliveries are expected to start as early as this year.

SES is developing Hybrid Li-Metal batteries with the promise of faster charging for EVs of 0 to 80% in less than 15 minutes. The company also touts a reduction in battery weight and production costs.

QuantumScape is developing solid-state lithium metal batteries, with the promise to increase energy density, battery life and safety whilst decreasing manufacturing costs.The technology also promises to accelerate charging speeds, allowing for a 0-80% charge in less than 15 minutes, cutting in half the charging time for most electric vehicles on the market today.

Efficiency is improving even without new battery technologies

Brand new battery technologies are exciting though improvements in battery usage and efficiency are happening all the time. Take for example Tesla EVs, which have been seeing roughly a 3%+ improvement in efficiency per year from the 2008 Tesla Roadster to today’s Tesla Model S. And many of these improvements will come over-the-air (OTA) after you buy your car, meaning your EV will get more efficient as you drive it. We also foresee a modular world in which you’ll be able to update your electric car’s battery with a newer technology in future years, so now is a great time to go electric.

Improvements in charging speeds can come from elsewhere

Battery chemistry is only one of the ways to improve charging speeds since the speed at which your electric car charges is determined by the amount of current that can safely flow into the battery without overheating. Therefore the current fast chargers, limited in their ability to keep cool when high currents are flowing, contribute to limiting the charging speed of your electric vehicle. Researchers are working on developing charging station cables that use alternative cooling methods, and there have been some promising developments in recent years. Therefore going electric now means an experience that will just continue to improve over time, eliminating more and more of the inconvenience associated with owning a internal combustion engine vehicle.

So if it’s concerns around battery technology that are holding you back from driving an EV, you can safely put them to rest. Set up a consultation today with an EV expert and we’ll help you find, buy and love your first electric car.


Are better EV battery technologies coming?

One of the reasons many prospective car buyers give for not buying an electric car today is that they don’t feel that the batteries are good enough yet to meet their daily driving needs. At Link, we disagree and will help you find the perfect electric car today and you can schedule a consultation with an EV expert to get started. 

That said, are there battery technologies beyond today’s lithium ion technology that hold promise for faster charging and other improvements that will enhance the next generation of EVs? And what are the companies working on the challenge?

Companies working on new battery technologies for EVs

Different battery technology companies are taking different approaches in seeking to improve today’s lithium-ion batteries that are found in electric vehicles.

Enovix is updating the common lithium-ion battery by developing The Enovix 3D SiliconTM Lithium-ion Cell with a silicon anode, rather than the carbon anode present in regular lithium-ion batteries. The company claims that their new architecture and formulation will increase energy density and capacity of their batteries. Deliveries are expected to start as early as this year.

SES is developing Hybrid Li-Metal batteries with the promise of faster charging for EVs of 0 to 80% in less than 15 minutes. The company also touts a reduction in battery weight and production costs.

QuantumScape is developing solid-state lithium metal batteries, with the promise to increase energy density, battery life and safety whilst decreasing manufacturing costs.The technology also promises to accelerate charging speeds, allowing for a 0-80% charge in less than 15 minutes, cutting in half the charging time for most electric vehicles on the market today.

Efficiency is improving even without new battery technologies

Brand new battery technologies are exciting though improvements in battery usage and efficiency are happening all the time. Take for example Tesla EVs, which have been seeing roughly a 3%+ improvement in efficiency per year from the 2008 Tesla Roadster to today’s Tesla Model S. And many of these improvements will come over-the-air (OTA) after you buy your car, meaning your EV will get more efficient as you drive it. We also foresee a modular world in which you’ll be able to update your electric car’s battery with a newer technology in future years, so now is a great time to go electric.

Improvements in charging speeds can come from elsewhere

Battery chemistry is only one of the ways to improve charging speeds since the speed at which your electric car charges is determined by the amount of current that can safely flow into the battery without overheating. Therefore the current fast chargers, limited in their ability to keep cool when high currents are flowing, contribute to limiting the charging speed of your electric vehicle. Researchers are working on developing charging station cables that use alternative cooling methods, and there have been some promising developments in recent years. Therefore going electric now means an experience that will just continue to improve over time, eliminating more and more of the inconvenience associated with owning a internal combustion engine vehicle.

So if it’s concerns around battery technology that are holding you back from driving an EV, you can safely put them to rest. Set up a consultation today with an EV expert and we’ll help you find, buy and love your first electric car.


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