15 years ago the most car companies laughed at electric cars. Today, most car companies have joined or are joining the game. There is no doubt the EV revolution is happening right before our eyes.
Battery technology is something that has been on the mind of large car manufacturers and environmentalists. Mining lithium has many people concerned that if this is the direction EV is headed, they do not want any part.
The wheels are in motion, and the industry is changing to where the future is the electric and other alternative-fueled vehicles.
So, if lithium is super horrible to the environment, what are the alternatives? Well, we have hydrogen, but in minimal numbers. A more promising bit of tech is solid-state. I have come up with three good ways that this tech will be the evolutionary bump we have been waiting for. Check it out.
Way One Solid-State Will Change The Industry
The biggest reason more people have not adopted an EV is the charge time. I do not care who you are; you have to plan your trip around charging is inconvenient. Is there anything wrong with planning your trip? No, there is not, but 45 minutes to wait for a partial charge is a lifetime if you want to get to your destination.
Solid-State is proving that long charge times will be a thing of the past. Testing from multiple resources such as Samsung and other companies has shown that slow charge times are a thing of the past.
Once charge times are reduced to a regular gasoline pit stop, it is game over.
Way Two Solid State Will Change The Industry
Have you ever seen a Tesla catch fire or a Chevrolet Volt, for that matter? Yeah, Lithium-ion battery tech, if it ruptures, is a thermal nightmare.
Solid-state, on the other hand, is far safer. With a solid electrolyte, there is not the same risk of thermal detonation as Lithium-ion. Once again, a game-changer for the automotive world. Safety is at the top of the list of every car maker on the planet and having the safest battery is a no-brainer.
Way Three Solid State Will Change The Industry
The cost of a Tesla and other EV's out there have come way down. As technology continues to improve, we should see a price drop, but this is not the only reason it will change the industry.
One of the reasons that big companies have begun to phase out battery tech like NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) is because there is no reason to keep developing it. It is ancient technology and cannot do what modern lithium-polymer does.
The cool thing about solid-state is that it is even better than the best lithium tech. It is at its core lithium technology, but it is even more energy-dense than the best lithium polymer available today.
Once you can tell your customers, they can go over 600 miles on a charge utilizing A/C and cruising at 80 mph while pulling the family trailer; well, you get the picture.
My educated opinion is that solid-state batteries will completely change the way we do everything in our lives. Once people became mobile with the automobile, everything changed, and nothing seems impossible. We are on the brink of the next wave of change, and most do not even realize it.
Solid-state is better in every way compared to any battery currently on the market today. It will be cheaper to produce, have more energy, safer all around, and charge ultra-fast.
The only thing we need to do now is to wait and watch it all unfold.
Thank you all for reading; I appreciate the opportunity to share my knowledge with you as an audience. I look forward to seeing you in the next article.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporters.