In general, electric vehicles are still in an early phase of introduction. Commercial use is still in the development phase and the technologies used are constantly being improved, which could always surprise us.
A new battery technology developed by Swiss startup Morand promises a total paradigm shift in these vehicles, offering a charging time of just 72 seconds, a time similar to and even shorter than that needed to top up the tank of a traditional car today with combustion engine.
Fast charging batteries for electric vehicles
That new technology The eTechnology developed by Morand, which can charge electric cars in just 72 seconds, is based on a hybrid system that uses conventional battery technology and ultracapacitors. This new electric-hybrid battery system could become a hugely influential factor in the future adoption of electric vehicles.
In addition to the efficient charging time, another benefit of eTechnology, according to Morand, is the fact that it can also offer a much longer lifespan than traditional lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles.
After testing a prototype of its eTechnology solution, the company reported that its sample battery can be charged to 80% in just 72 seconds, to 98% in two minutes and fully charged in 2.5 minutes.
These reported charging times, the company clarifies, do not apply to the largest battery packs, over 100 kWh, used in the most demanding electric vehicles. Rather, this technology is suitable for small city runabouts like the Citroën Ami, which has a 5.5 kWh battery. Likewise, this resource could also be useful for drones and electric bikes that require quick response times thanks to fast charging.
Morand reported that he tested his eTechnology prototype with more than 50,000 charge cycles to ensure his technology shows the potential to store energy for many more charge and discharge cycles than a traditional lithium-ion battery.
Another outstanding aspect of this development is that the technology used works efficiently even at extreme temperatures, making it an exception to the rule that currently applies to conventional batteries in electric vehicles.
Morand was founded by former F1 driver Benoît Morand, who played a key role in the development of the Hope Racing Oreco 01 Hybrid, the first hybrid prototype to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours more than ten years ago. Today, this company pursues the purpose of using energy technologies developed for driving in everyday solutions that contribute to the energy transition.
eTechnology batteries are still expensive to manufacture. To reduce these costs and scale production to commercially viable levels, Morand is already working with a partner to bring its technology to market.
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