Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology have created a prototype battery with the potential to expand the range of electric vehicles to 1,000 miles. This could also be huge for sustainable aircrafts.
The average electric vehicle on the market will likely have a range of between 100 and 300 miles per charge, though automakers are striving for more with solid-state battery releases.
Unlike their lithium ion counterparts, these enhanced batteries are constructed from a solid electrolyte material, usually ceramic, which can hold more way more electricity per unit of mass than liquid or gel.
Experiments are ongoing to maximise the efficiency of solid-state batteries in order to bring the EV revolution full tilt before 2040. On that front, a huge milestone has recently been recorded in Chicago.
Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology teamed up to design a revolutionary battery that could power an EV for 1,000 miles on a single charge – as outlined in the journal Science.
They concluded that the highest potential for energy density was possible with a lithium air battery, a category touted for over a decade as a real rival to gasoline, but with no notable commercial breakthrough up to that point.
The team has finally put the theoretical science into practice in 2023, however, creating a powerful prototype condensed into roughly the size of a single coin. ‘It’s all about the chemistry and energy density,’ said lead chemical engineer of the study Mohammad Asadi.