500 miles of charge in a single minute would change everything
Henrik Fisker has been raising eyebrows as of late. While his eponymous auto company has been busy preparing for the official launch of the Fisker eMotion at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, patents for its flexible solid-state battery have come to light and are creating some buzz. This despite the fact that it may only begin storing energy in its cars five years hence.
Still, there's good reason to be excited. The energy density gains by the technology, allowing for 500 miles of range, are already noteworthy. Add one-minute charging to the equation and we're talking game over for internal combustion. For real, this time. No worries about street-side charging in urban centers if the current energy distribution infrastructure (gas stations, essentially) can be adopted for electric vehicles.
According to the AutoExpress, this battery is said to offer two-and-a-half times the energy density of today's cells at one-third the price. (Now that is how you start a revolution!) To underline the point, and give us a bit more color on his flexible solid-state battery, Mr. Fisker made the most of his appearance on Fox Business alongside host Stuart Varney.
During the interview, Fisker mentions the not-so-minute detail that his battery may be picked up by consumer electronics manufacturers a year or two prior to its debut in one of his designs. (We all want a phone that recharges in a minute or less and lasts for a couple days, don't we?) As well, he also said they would be bringing the latest version of the cells to CES, along with the car.
At the risk of burying the lede, we should note that Fisker gave some strong clues as to how this "Ultracharger," as he refers to it, will interface with the vehicle. He explains that an automated cable would come up from the ground beneath the vehicle, allowing people to remain in the car whilst the pack is quickly replenished.
All in all, Fisker and his patents paint a picture of a technology with the potential to significantly and positively affect the lives of practically every human (and probably other species as well) on Earth. We wish him and this effort only the best, of course, though we should also acknowledge that this is not the only effort in this area. Toyota is thought to be the leader in solid-state battery research and, while not be able to reach its original production goal of 2020, may have its version of the technology ready as soon as 2022. Korean automaker Hyundai is also independently working on the tech.
Source: AutoExpress, Fox Business via YouTube