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【Summary】Scientists avoided the use of graphite in the components and applied “proprietary organic compounds” to stabilize its performance. As a result, the power cell is non-flammable and offers a high temperature combustion threshold.

Michael Cheng    May 24, 2017 6:35 AM PT
Israeli Startup Offers 5-minute Full Battery Charging

Slow battery charging stations are hurting electric vehicle (EV) adoption rates. At the moment, putting gas in your car is exponentially faster than waiting hours for your car battery to charge at a local power cell hub or garage. Many people find this unacceptable, due to the limited range that current EV cars offer.

"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," explained StoreDot CEO Dr. Doron Myersdorf.

These limitations (slow charging and battery range) dictate how far a driver can go, creating a "virtual fence" around the area where he or she lives and works. Venture too far out and you're stuck waiting hours for your car to recharge before getting home. StoreDot, an Israeli startup that focuses on robust battery technology, thinks this is no way to live. As a solution, the business launched a revolutionary battery that can fully recharge in five minutes.

Non-flammable, High Temp Combustion

The startup might hold an essential piece of the puzzle to extending the capabilities and applications of EVs. StoreDot unleashed a battery (called FlashBattery) at the CUBE Tech Fair in Berlin with a range of 300 miles, which can charge in about the same time it takes for you to read a few emails on your phone. Oh, and speaking about phones, the technology can also be applied to mobile devices.

To achieve this feat, the startup picked apart standard battery parts, including anodes, electrolytes and separators. Scientists avoided the use of graphite in the components and applied "proprietary organic compounds" to stabilize its performance. As a result, the power cell is non-flammable and offers a high temperature combustion threshold. This allows the battery to handle more power without risk of explosion. Overall, StoreDot's units aren't only capable of charging faster, but they are also incredibly safer for daily use.

Comparing Other Battery Technologies

To be fair, other EVs on the market today aren't too far off from the new five-minute standard set by the startup. Using 50kW DC fast-charging hubs, the majority of EVs can charge up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. Tesla's fleet is capable of charging faster when connected to a 120kW Supercharger.

Where StoreDot's disruptive battery technology shines is price. The startup claims that its power cells won't come with a hefty price tag. The new components cost just about the same as the materials being replaced. Should the company scale its operations properly, it can drive the cost down during mass production stages, making the units even more affordable.

"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," said Dr. Myersdorf.

With lightning-fast charging, limited battery range won't seem like such a huge drawback. Owners would be able to charge in roughly the same time it takes to put fuel in a gas-powered car.

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