New Battery Technology Could Make Electric Vehicles Less Expensive and Safer

The majority of automakers have bet the future of their all-electric vehicles and hybrids on lithium-ion battery technology.  Lithium-ion batteries, however, are expensive to manufacture.  They also have a somewhat limited charging capacity for vehicular usage, and recharging times can take hours when using a home charging station.

A new battery technology developed by Power Japan Plus may be about to revolutionize the electric car industry.  The company has developed a new Lithium-ion battery that uses a cathode on one side, and an anode on the other, with an electrolyte in between the two. As Lithium ions travel through the electrolyte, they create a chemical reaction that allows electrons to be harvested.  The new technology also uses the company’s newly developed organic, cotton-based “Carbon Complex” that reduces manufacturing costs and charging times, and offers improved thermal safety compared to traditional Lithium-ion batteries.

Traditional Lithium-ion batteries are made from a variety of metals, including nickel, cobalt and manganese which are expensive to mine and refine.  They also experience thermal change while discharging which requires automakers to equip their battery-powered vehicles with cooling systems to prevent overheating.  Power Japan Plus says its new “Ryden” battery generates no heat while discharging, which would reduce automakers’ manufacturing costs and improve safety.

Power Japan Plus says its new Ryden battery has the same energy density characteristics as the Lithium-ion batteries currently used in most all-electric vehicles. In other words, they will hold their charge as long as traditional Lithium-ion batteries, but can be recharged in a fraction of the time.  Using current Lithium-ion technology, the Nissan Leaf requires approximately four hours to recharge after being depleted.  The Ryden battery would cut that time down to only 12 minutes.

The Ryden battery can also be completely depleted and completely charged without being damaged.

The Ryden technology can be accommodated by a standard 18650 battery cell.  The 18650 battery cell is commonly found in laptop computers.  California-based Tesla Motors also uses packs of 18650 battery cells to power its model S all-electric vehicle.  Power Japan Plus says that it plans to license its Ryden technology to automakers and other companies that have the required manufacturing capability.

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