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The End to Endless charging - Electric Vehicle Upgrade

UK Technology firm Augmented Optics have developed a new material that will charge an Electric vehicle car as quickly as filling up another with fuel and actually could make batteries redundant!

This revolutionary material has been announced this week and has already been tested by experts at the University of Surrey & University of Bristol. The current analysis estimates the material is 1,000 times more effective than current super capacitors.

Engineers are working on a prototype that gives a car 150 miles of range from a recharge taking only seconds, as opposed to the hours currently needed.

Dr Donald Highgate, technical director at Augmented Optics, said: “If these are half as good as we think they are, and with more experience, they may take over entirely. Disruptive, yes – it would be a terrible shock to car manufacturers – but cars could be built on the same factory lines as current fuel powered vehicles.”

Current super capacitors can't hold charge as efficiently as batteries, which are heavy and unreliable. An existing example are buses in China requiring charging every three miles, so obviously the advance in technology is going to be a major breakthrough.

The material is suitable for mass production and the company producing it plans to create a UK factory to manufacture the system. As a benefit the material can be moulded into different shapes which makes it more versatile in design that a normal stack of batteries.

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Posted on 14th December 2016 at 4:11 PM

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