Battery technology has long been the bane of electric car developers everywhere, holding back their dreams and aspirations, as the battery is still an imperfect design on so many levels. But there is a brand new battery design that has just been developed that’s causing a buzz in the electric car world, not to mention the battery world.
New design requires little to no cooling
This new battery is being called a “game changer” in the car industry, and for good reason. Developed by Massachusetts-based A123 Systems, their battery is a lithium ion battery that does not need thermal management systems, i.e., the traditional cooling systems that all cars have needed up until this point. With this battery versus using traditional lead batteries (as well as other standard lithium ion batteries), it will be able to help save on the overall cost of electric cars since the cooling system will no longer be needed (and may help spur the movement of electric cars as the popular vehicle too). They have called this new battery the Nanophosphate EXT.
Extreme temps are no match for this new design
This exciting new battery also has some other impressive features. Testing revealed that the batteries can retain 90% of its initial capacity at 45° C (113 Fahrenheit), which is a significant improvement on the current batteries that are available. You can also start a vehicle (deliver starting power) in temperatures as low as 22 below Fahrenheit with this battery. Whether you live in warm or cold climates, batteries with qualities such as these could mean electric cars may finally be viable compared with gasoline cars.
While this new battery may not be available yet for consumer at a car battery shop or the like, it shows promise that battery technology can be improved on.