UK researchers create new “super battery”

Electric cars are becoming more and more of a regular sight these days and while they offer cheaper running costs and friendlier emissions to the environment they do have their flaws.

One of the biggest problems with electric and plug-in cars are the limitations on range as being a battery they are more than likely to run out of electricity at some point.

That issue may not be around for much longer as researchers at the University of Cambridge have unveiled a new “super battery” that could essentially replace the current lithium-ion battery which is currently found in electric and plug-in vehicles.

The new super battery is lithium-oxygen instead of lithium-ion which the researchers themselves say will overcome the limitations on electric vehicles.

Sources state that the lithium-oxygen super battery has 10 times the energy of lithium-ion batteries which will allow for improved performance and range. The improvements in range are that great that the researchers themselves state that electric vehicles will have similar range and usability as combustion engined vehicles.

It all sounds like great news but it doesn’t stop there.

Lithium-ion batteries cost a fair bit to develop and they weigh their fair share too. Replacing a lithium-ion battery isn’t cheap either with replacement costs of around £3,000.

Well never fear, super battery is here.

The lithium-oxygen battery is five times lighter and five times to cheaper to develop than lithium-ion batteries. This would lead to lighter, better performing and much more affordable electric cars increasing the overall efficiency to 93%.

Sadly Cambridge professor Clare Grey who led the research stated that:

“The technology is still at least a decade away from reaching the production lines. While successful in the laboratory, the system is still not charging and discharging at high enough levels.”

What do you think?


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