Sodium Batteries May Power Your New Electric Car

Sodium Batteries May Power Your New Electric Car

But starting in 2023, it will begin placing sodium cells alongside lithium ones inside the battery packs that power electric cars.As more mines open, there will probably be enough lithium to power all the world’s vehicles, Meng says.

Cars Are Going Electric. What Happens to the Used Batteries?

Cars Are Going Electric. What Happens to the Used Batteries?

Unlike the toaster-oven-sized lead-acid batteries inside most gas-powered vehicles, the lithium-ion battery pack inside the Bolt runs the full wheelbase of the car and weighs 960 pounds.

Did QuantumScape Just Solve a 40-Year-Old Battery Problem?

Did QuantumScape Just Solve a 40-Year-Old Battery Problem?

Like the liquid electrolyte that sits between the electrodes in a conventional cell, its main function is to ferry lithium ions from one terminal to the other when the battery charges and discharges.

The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late

Of the small fraction of lithium-ion batteries that are recycled in the US—just 5 percent of all spent cells—most of them end up in a smelting furnace.A common form of this technique, called leaching, involves soaking lithium-ion cells in strong acids to dissolve the metals into a solution.

How to Watch Tesla’s Battery Day Event—and What to Expect

How to Watch Tesla’s Battery Day Event—and What to Expect

The battery described in the paper uses a relatively conventional lithium-ion electrode chemistry: a lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) cathode paired with artificial graphite for its anode.

Charge a Car Battery in 5 Minutes? That’s the Plan

Charge a Car Battery in 5 Minutes? That’s the Plan

The new Formula E cars will be the first to use extremely fast charging stations that pack enough power to fully charge a Tesla Model S battery in about 10 minutes.For the last 15 years, the company has been perfecting an XFC, or extremely fast charging lithium-ion battery with a pure silicon anode.

A Cobalt Crisis Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

A Cobalt Crisis Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

While soaring prices of the core material in lithium-ion batteries sparked a mining rush in Australia, Argentina and Chile and—which between them provided 91 percent of supply in 2017, says Harper—a slump in demand caused by a weak automotive market and a reduction in grants for buying such cars in China has slowed the pace of mining and processing plant construction.

Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries

Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries

His secret ingredient is nanoengineered particles of silicon, which can supercharge lithium-ion cells when they’re used as the battery’s negative electrode, or anode.Several lithium-ion cell prototypes containing Sila Nanotechnologies' silicon anode.

Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery

Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery

Their reliance on toxic, flammable materials means the smallest defect can result in exploding gadgets .A team of researchers led by physicists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory believed a safer battery was possible, and for the past five years they have been developing a lithium-ion battery that’s seemingly immune to failure.

How To Get the Most Out of Your Smartphone Battery

How To Get the Most Out of Your Smartphone Battery

There is good news, which is the lithium-ion batteries inside today's phones are more reliable, longer-lasting, and safer—well, mostly —than ever before.But lithium-ion batteries definitely prefer a slow and steady input.

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Researchers at LakeDiamond, a spinoff of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, think their solution could be the dilithium crystal of roaming drones.They have developed an artificial diamond that can help a laser beam maintain its quality over much longer ranges, and say ground-based networks of these diamond-enhanced power sources could send drones flying great distances, without wasting power to haul their big batteries around.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to DronesLakeDiamond CEO Pascal Gallo says the company’s lab-created diamond—a smooth, tiny rectangle placed directly in front of the laser source—can convert a low-power laser diode into a beam with consistent, parallel rays that can stretch several hundred meters.