by Mariella Moon, Engadget
A new material could lead to EVs that can be fully charged within a few minutes.
A team of scientists from the UK have developed a material made of polymers that could become the answer to humanity’s battery woes. It could apparently lead to super-capacitors — battery alternatives that can charge really quickly — up to 10,000 times more powerful than usual. Thus, if an electric vehicle uses the material, it can theoretically travel farther than current EVs. It can even go from empty to fully charged in a matter of minutes instead of six hours or so. Imagine what it can do for smaller devices. You could plug in a smartphone that uses it as a power source and literally watch its battery indicator fill up in a few seconds.
The team from the University of Surrey and Augmented Optics Ltd. applied the principles used to make soft contact lenses to create the material. In fact, the person who conjured up the technique to create soft lenses 40 years ago was one of the people behind this project.