- Nov 18, 2011
Plug-in batteries could offer 10 times more range, 10 times faster charging in near future
If that's the sort of karmic comeuppance you dream of, then you might be in luck in just a few short years. Researchers at Northwestern University have come up with a lithium-ion battery electrode they say would allow for 10 times the capacity of today's batteries and could charge ten times faster. And it could be on the market in three to five years.
The breakthrough was arrived at by layering silicon (the green spheres in the diagram above) between sheets of graphene and then creating small holes in those sheets. If you're so inclined, you can geek out on a thorough description of the process here. Of course, it's wise not to count unhatched battery-operated chickens, but if you consider that this is just one of the many recent breakthroughs in energy storage, it's hard not to be optimistic about a transportation transformation in the very near future.