A group of researchers out of the Queensland University of Technology and Rice University in the US discovered a way to combine regular batteries with newly developed lightweight ‘super capacitors’. The new technology could dramatically increase the power of electric cars.
These extremely thin and strong super capacitors form a film that can be embedded into the body panels of an electric car, storing energy to boost the electric car’s battery in a matter of minutes. One of the primary benefits of the technology is the speed at which a powerful burst of energy can be delivered, making it an ideal way to assist in the acceleration of an eclectic car.
One of the members of the project, PhD researcher Marco Notarianni said that the technology could be incorporated into vehicles within 5 years.
The breakthrough helps to make electric cars a more viable option when compared to standard petrol cars, given that this technology helps give the electric car a similar range before recharging compared to that of an average car.
The same technology has the ability to change how we charge and use other devices too, such as mobile phones. It could also be significantly cheaper to produce than current lithium ion batteries, as well as being generally more environmentally friendly.
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