No matter what kind of benefits electric cars offer, people still have their skepticisms about them. Some say that their batteries bring about pollutions, while others call them soulless. However, a major concern about these cars are their long charging times. EV Battery take at least 30 mins to charge up from 0 to 80%.
This puts them at a disadvantage against gasoline cars, which fill up almost instantly. People do have places to be and they don’t have the time to wait for their cars to charge up if they didn’t plug them in overnight. However, Enovix has designed a EV battery that can charge up from 0 to 100 in just 10 minutes.
Let’s take a look at their background, their claims and some EV charging FAQs.
Enovix’s new EV battery will charge in 10 mins
Enovix is a firm that’s working on all of the technologies of tomorrow. A heaven for tech investors, it is currently developing a battery that can take EVs to the next level. The company’s all-new silicon-anode lithium-ion battery is said to be a gamechanger as it can charge up from 0-100% in just 10 minutes.
They have been testing this battery for about half a year now. This battery has been charged up more than 1000 times during its testing period. Over this time, it has successfully managed to retain 93% of its overall capacity. The result? It has been given the advanced tag by the USABC.
The technology has been implemented in various applications, including smartwatches. At the same time, the company is trying to bring it to the EV market. Apart from its charging capabilities, it is more efficient and reliable. Both of these qualities stem from the fact that it doesn’t use graphite anodes, which have storage issues.
Now, some people did raise questions about the safety of this battery. This is why Enovix uses special BrakeFlow technology. The advantage of this is that it prevents the adverse effects of the battery’s abuse tolerance. So, you won’t have to worry about overheating.
If this system is works and it is commercialized, it will take EV charging capabilities to a whole new level. One of the major reasons that people avoid EVs is because they’re afraid of running out of battery and not being able to recharge it in the nick of time.
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Since we’re talking about charging up batteries, let’s look at some related FAQs as well.
How EV batteries are charged?
The charge is drawn from the charging system to the battery when you plug it in. This can be done via a 120- or 240V charging line. The difference is that the line with more volts will add more miles of range per hour to your car.
The charger is connected to the on-board charger of the car which behaves as a convertor. While the power received is in AC, this convertor turns it into DC. The resultant power is then supplied to the car’s battery.
While the car is driving, it charges up as well due to the regenerative braking system. This is responsible for conserving a lot of energy.
How long does it take to charge an electric car to 100%?
This varies across different electric cars and the various chargers available in the market. However, according to Pod Point, if we take an EV with a 60-kWh capacity, we should be able to fill it up with a 7-kWh charger in about 8 hrs.
Of course, this is a more basic charger. If you have a DC fast charger, you may be able to get the car from 0 to 80% in about half an hour. While this isn’t as quick as filling a regular car with gasoline, it is still doable and you won’t have to leave it overnight.
Why does EV charging slow down?
This is to protect the battery and the driver of the car. When you’re charging up your electric vehicle, the speed of its charging reduces as your battery starts filling up. So, the EV reduces the amount of power that it is drawing.
As a result, it is able to balance the battery’s cells, giving more attention to the cells that actually need charging. If it didn’t do this, it would be continuously overcharging full cells as well which would be a hazard.