Israeli nanotech firm StoreDot has unveiled a radical ‘ultra-fast-charge’ battery it claims can bring an electric car to full charge in just five minutes – and power it for up to 300 miles.
At the CUBE Tech Fair in Berlin, StoreDot demonstrated a proof of concept of the technology it says is a ‘radical improvement over the traditional lithium ion battery structure.’
The FlashBattery combines organic compounds with nano-materials to slash charging time down to a fraction of that achieved by current methods, and the firm says it will be available in the next three years.
According to a video on the technology, a car running on StoreDot’s modules would be equipped with forty ‘pouches’ – each containing the FlashBattery technology.
These pouches contain nano-dots made from short chains of amino acids, called peptides, arranged in a layered structure.
The peptides are chemically synthesized organic molecules of non-biological origin, according to StoreDot.
When combined, these pouches make up a charging module.
‘The FlashBattery Technology allows for unprecedented charging rate,’ the video says.
‘Within five minutes of charging, the car is fully charged and ready to go – five minutes that just bought you an average of 300 miles.’
According to StoreDot, the technology avoids the limitations of a typical graphite-based lithium ion battery cell.
The materials in the FlashBattery are not flammable, and have a higher temperature of combustion, cutting down the battery cell’s resistance.
This, in turn, also improves its safety.
The firm says the technology is now in the advanced stages of development, and could hit the market in just three years to revolutionize the way electric cars are charged.
‘Fast charging is the critical missing link needed to make electric vehicles ubiquitous,’ says Dr Doron Myersdorf, co-founder and CEO of StoreDot.