Charging time remains a major obstacle for electric cars and it’s a problem that has eluded many EV companies. It’s finally become easier to achieve 200-plus miles of range in an EV, even one’s that are under $30,000 (after incentives). However, Israeli firm StoreDot claims to have a solution to the charging time dilemma with their FlashBattery. It’s a novel new battery for electric cars that they claim can fully charge a 300 mile range battery in only five minutes.
The company has been publicising this claimed breakthrough for many months and now they have finally broken cover and demonstrated their technology at the CUBE Tech Fair in Berlin.
This battery is quite different from a standard lithium-ion battery; StoreDot claims it uses “proprietary organic compounds” and avoids the use of graphite. The chemical compound that StoreDot has come up with is not flammable and claims to have a higher temperature of combustion. That means not only does it charge faster than li-ion batteries, but it’s also safer to have in your car.
Of course, larger-than-life claims about electric cars have been made before, and history is filled with accounts of people who claimed they could revolutionize the world with new forms of energy storage and generation. But if StoreDot can really get an electric car to charge faster than a cell phone, it could be a huge step forward in the EV revolution.
“Fast Charging is the critical missing link needed to make electric vehicles ubiquitous. The currently available battery technology dictates long charging times which makes the EV form of transportation inadequate for the public at large,” StoreDot co-founder and CEO Dr. Doron Myersdorf said. “We’re exploring options with a few strategic partners in the auto space to help us boost the production process in Asia and reach mass production as soon as possible.”