A new breakthrough in electric car battery development has enabled 1,000-miles of range on a single charge.
Innolith AG, which develops rechargeable Inorganic Battery Technology, has announced the world’s first 1000 Wh/kg rechargeable battery.
It has been developed in the company’s German laboratory and would enable a range of up to 1,000km/621-miles of range on a single charge in an electric car.
According to the firm, the Innolith Energy Battery would also ‘radically reduce costs’ due to the ‘avoidance of exotic and expensive materials’ combined with the very high energy density of the system.
The company also states that the vehicles are the first non-flammable lithium-based battery for use in EVs.
The reason for this is because of the use of a non-flammable inorganic electrolyte which is unlike on traditional EV batteries which use a flammable organic electrolyte.
“The EV revolution is currently stymied by the limitations of available batteries,” explains Sergey Buchin, CEO of Innolith AG.
“Consumers want an adequate range on a single charge in an affordable EV, and confidence that it is not going to catch fire.
“The Innolith Energy Battery is the breakthrough technology that potentially can meet all these needs.”
The firm will bring the battery to market via an initial pilot production in Germany, followed by licensing partnerships with major battery and automotive companies.
Development and commercialisation of the technology are anticipated to take between three and five years to come to market.
The firm claims that its approach in the chemistry of the batteries allows them to have higher energy density compared to standard lithium-ion packs.
Innolith claims that “This new approach will enable batteries to reach cell-level energy content values that have never been possible before.”
“This new breakthrough has been made possible by years of dedicated research into all aspects of inorganic electrolytes and their application to rechargeable batteries,” comments Innolith Chairman, Alan Greenshields.
“Simply put, the experience gained in how to build high power batteries with exceptional robustness and cycle life has proved to be the right basis for building high energy products too.
“The absence of organic materials, a key aspect of Innolith’s battery technology, removes the critical source of safety risk and chemical instability of high energy batteries.
“It all fell into place in 2018 from an R&D perspective, with several extraordinary breakthroughs.”
The chemistry used in this battery has been proven to operate for more than 55,000 full depth of discharge cycles, which is between 10 and 100 times the maximum number of cycles of existing Li-ion batteries in use today.