Why you should consider buying an electric car
When it comes to choosing a new car, consumers have been hesitant in buying full electric vehicles (EV’s) due to lack of knowledge and the absence of abundant charging stations around the country. Rest be assured, because in 2019 the total amount of charging stations in America alone reached 22,000, offering almost 55,000 outlets publicly accessible. There are more than 170,000 public charging stations in Europe and the UK holds more than 30,000 public charging points around the country. If you are still anxious about buying an EV, here are a few promising prospects that might change your mind.
A new battery technology that can eliminate range anxiety
New battery technology that can eliminate range anxiety might be closer than we think. At Penn State University, engineers have managed to design a brand-new EV battery in all-solid-state that can give drivers of EV’s approximately 200 to 300 miles ranges from a small 10-minute charge.
“Fast charging is the key to enabling the widespread introduction of electric vehicles”, as said by Chao-Yang Wang, director of the Electrochemical Engine Center at Penn State University. According to Chao-Yang Wang, fast charging is the key to eliminating range anxiety.
How do all-solid-state batteries work?
Much like lithium-ion batteries, when delivering power in solid-state batteries, positively charged ions travel through the electrolyte from the negative (anode) to the positive(cathode) electrode. This creates a buildup of positive charge in the cathode which attracts electrons from the anode. Solid-state separators are capable of working at a very high power rate, enabling a 10 to 15-minute charge to 80% capacity. Theoretically, solid-state batteries could store twice as much energy as a lithium-ion battery which benefits the EV’s range.