Exciting news has just come in, and it’s leaving the automotive industry buzzing with anticipation! Experts in the United States have recently developed a lithium-air battery that is set to revolutionize the world of electric cars for good. This long awaited breakthrough has the incredible potential to significantly extend the range of electric vehicles, thanks to the battery’s energy density being four times that of its lithium-ion counterparts. It sounds pretty unbelievable and futuristic, but believe it or, it is a new reality that EV enthusiasts can now freely embrace.
Properties of the Revolutionary Lithium-air battery
The team of tireless experts, who worked months if not years on the project has managed to achieve what seemed like an unattainable goal for so long – they have developed a battery that is lighter, cheaper and has a much higher energy density than its lithium-ion counterparts. “The lithium-air battery has the highest projected energy density of any battery technology being considered for the next generation of batteries beyond lithium-ion.”, said Larry Curtiss – an Argonne Distinguished Fellow. The breakthrough technology is set to change the electric vehicle manufacturing game (most likely for good) – it is also expected to be a game changer in the industry. Needless to say, the technology behind this lithium-air battery is truly incredible.
Four times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries
To put this into perspective, the energy density of a typical lithium-ion battery is approximately 250 watt-hours per kilogram. The new lithium-air battery has an energy density of a whopping 1,000 watt-hours per kilogram. In other words, this new battery can store four times more energy than a lithium-ion battery of the same weight. This means that an electric vehicle equipped with this battery could potentially travel four times further on a single charge than one with a lithium-ion battery. Mind-blowing, isn’t it?
Benefits of lithium-air battery technology
The benefits of this breakthrough in battery technology are numerous. For one, it means that electric vehicles could have much longer ranges which makes them more practical for long-distance travel. As you can imagine this also means that electric cars could be made smaller and lighter, making them more agile and nimble on the road. Lithium-air batteries are also considerably cheaper to manufacture than their lithium-ion counterparts which is why they are a more cost-effective option for consumers.
The Future of Electric Cars
The future of electric cars looks brighter than ever before and with this new futuristic technology, electric cars are becoming more and more practical for people to use every day. Manufacturers can now produce vehicles with longer ranges, which means that the need for a nationwide network of charging stations is also becoming less pressing. In other words, electric vehicles could soon be a viable option for anyone looking for an affordable, practical and sustainable mode of transportation.
Needless to say, with a four-fold increase in range, electric cars could become more accessible and appealing to the masses, paving the way for a cleaner and greener future.