Toshiba hopes that this battery technology would make it to production EVs in 2019.
Major car markets globally, including our own, are ambitiously planning to ditch fossil fuel powered vehicles in the future to curb air pollution. However, consumers worldwide remain sceptical of EVs becoming mainstream, mostly thanks to the inconveniently long time it takes to recharge their batteries.
Now, Japanese technology major, Toshiba, has developed a new lithium-ion battery that could play a major role in pushing the automotive market towards the EV revolution. These batteries claim to give a driving range of up to 320km, after being plugged-in for just six minutes! For comparison, a Tesla Model S goes 275km after being charged for 30 minutes.
This new 50Ah battery by Toshiba, which is still in its prototype stage, features a greater energy density thanks to a new titanium niobium oxide anode material used in its construction. Not just fast charging, the new battery is also designed to have a long life span - it would retain 90 per cent of its capacity after 5,000 recharges.
That's not all - Toshiba has kept in mind that cold climate affects battery performance, and so this prototype has undergone extensive cold weather testing, and is claimed to recharge in under 10 minutes even at 10°C.
India’s infrastructure to support EVs is still, sadly, non-existent. However, such a technology can surely facilitate the global adoption of EVs, which in one way or another, may encourage carmakers to develop the EV ecosystem in India.