Charging time and range are the two biggest obstacles on the road to electric vehicles (EVs). German and Dutch researchers are developing a promising solution that would enable EVs to travel up to 2,000km before needing to recharge the lithium-ion battery. This significant increase in range is based on a new electrode manufacturing procedure which involves depositing an atom-thin layer of electron capture material on the anode and cathode. The procedure, which considerably improves electrode efficiency, should make it possible, say the researchers, for batteries to store three times more energy at equal volume and to be recharged 5 times faster, which means that a charge of up to 80% could be achieved in 10 minutes.


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