A new battery technology could soon make powering electric cars much more efficient and affordable. A team of engineers (from the Cockrell School of Engineering) being led by the co-inventor of the lithium ion battery, John Goodenough, have developed a battery with at least 3X the energy density of today’s lithium-ion batteries. Through the use of a new solid-glass electrolytes, the battery can perform in much lower temperatures while providing a long cycle life.
The engineers discuss this new technology in a recent article published in the journal of Energy & Environmental Science.
Here is a quote from the article:
“Cost, safety, energy density, rates of charge and discharge and cycle life are critical for battery-driven cars to be more widely adopted. We believe our discovery solves many of the problems that are inherent in today’s batteries,” Goodenough said.