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Shedding anxiety about EV travel ranges and charging

I’ve been there many times – wondering will I make it home in an electric vehicle, and finding charging stations out of order when I stop to top-up. It does cause anxiety and seems to be part of the teething troubles that come with any big transition. One positive is that it has caused me to be more aware of my speed, by trying to conserving battery, particularly on motorways.

What is being done to overcome the critical barriers to mainstream EV adoption, two of which are range and charging anxiety (the other being costs)? A most interesting news of breakthroughs to where we need to be has been demonstrated recently in Israel.

StoreDot, the pioneer of extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology for electric vehicles, has successfully, publicly demonstrated its ability to charge a full-scale electric vehicle battery cell with the energy for 100 miles (161km) in just five minutes live on stage. A video of a live demo can be seen below.

The presentation took place at EcoMotion Week 2022 in Israel, an increasingly popular global event that brings together leading car makers including General Motors, Volvo, Ford, Continental, The Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance, and Hyundai.

It further validates StoreDot’s ‘100inX’ strategic technology roadmap, which will transform automotive travel and facilitate the rapid transition to a more sustainable, zero-emissions future by delivering 161km in five minutes by 2024, 161km in three minutes by 2028, and 161km in two minutes by 2032.

The demonstration featured a 300 x 100 mm pouch cell produced at EVE energy’s manufacturing plant in China. The battery was charged under a 10-minute time limit, during which the cell charged to 20Ah, exceeding the zero to 80 per cent capacity target set for the demonstration.

The cell maintained a charge rate capable of adding 100 miles (161km) of range every five minutes of charging. At no point did the battery temperature exceed 33-degree Celsius, well below the recommended operating temperature set by StoreDot’s engineers and all critical parameters of the cell performed at an optimum level.