NASA is reportedly building a groundbreaking electric car battery that is able to charge in just 15 minutes. For the development of this game-changing tech, NASA has teamed up with Japan's Nissan.
Most consumer electronics from electric scooters cars to laptops use lithium-ion batteries. The envisioned all-solid-state battery requires only half the space of lithium-ion batteries and would be able to recharge fully in 15 minutes instead of several hours.
What is this new battery?
NASA researcher Rocco Viggiano told Independent that "instead of taking a battery off the shelf, we determined we needed to develop a battery from scratch." In addition, it's imperative that the proposed battery doesn't lose capacity over time or suffer from other concerns like fire hazard.
The "solid-state sulphur-selenium battery" is actually "cool to the touch and doesn't catch fire," Viggiano said. These kinds of batteries also weigh lesser than lithium-ion batteries while offering better energy storage.
According to Viggiano, "it can take a beating and still operate, often in less than ideal conditions." Nissan claims that the new battery's pilot launch could happen as soon as 2024 and full production could begin before 2028.
Earlier, NASA worked with Boeing General Motors to develop the "Moon Buggy" that was driven on the Moon during Apollo missions. Nissan's Vice President Kazuhiro Doi spoke about the collaboration recently, saying that "both NASA and Nissan need the same kind of battery."
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If successful, this battery could radically change how we perceive consumer electronics. Imagine a phone battery that goes from 0 to 100% in a few minutes! We are fascinated by the scope of such developments in tech.
Cuthbertson, A. (2022, April 11). Nasa building ‘game changing’ electric car battery that charges in 15 minutes. The Independent.