The innovators: cheaper batteries could help electric cars hit the mainstream

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SheffieldNick Clegg leads charge in support of electric cars. Read more ... »-based Faradion has developed a sodium-iona Day at BetterPlace Visitor Centre. Read more ... » batterya Day at BetterPlace Visitor Centre. Read more ... » that looks and performs in the same way as a regular lithium-ion battery but is 30Zoe Rumour to release by Oct 2013, and by 2014, Renault Zoe (2014) #EV could* have 220 mile range.. Read more ... »% cheaper.

Chris Wright, the chairman of Faradion, with the sodium-ion electric car battery.

Chris Wright, the chairman of Faradion, with the sodium-ion electricNot just You and I: Green vehicle demand revs up as UK electric car sales quadruple. Read more ... » carNot just You and I: Green vehicle demand revs up as UK electric car sales quadruple. Read more ... » battery developed by the company#Charging #ElectricCar: CHAdeMO quick-chargers increase to 2000 units in 2012. Read more ... ». Photograph: Adrian Sherratt

There was a surge in the sale of electric carsNot just You and I: Green vehicle demand revs up as UK electric car sales quadruple. Read more ... » last year but the number#Charging #ElectricCar: CHAdeMO quick-chargers increase to 2000 units in 2012. Read more ... » leaving the forecourts is still dwarfed by traditional gas-guzzlers at a ratio of almost 50 to one. The high costDemand for electric cars is charging up. Read more ... » of the batteriesElectric car tech update: BMW working on wireless charging. Read more ... » that powerHere's Everything We Know About Volkswagen's (Not So!) "First" Electric Car. Read more ... » the vehiclesNot just You and I: Green vehicle demand revs up as UK electric car sales quadruple. Read more ... » is a prime reason.

Sheffield-based Faradion believes it has found a solution – newNew battery gen: Sakti3 demonstrates impressive energy density with solid-state battery cells. Read more ... » battery technologyUber exciting: Nissan Leaf to get sharp new look and range upgrade to 186 miles!. Read more ... », the developmentElectric car tech update: BMW working on wireless charging. Read more ... » of which has been spearheaded in the UKNot just You and I: Green vehicle demand revs up as UK electric car sales quadruple. Read more ... ».

“For an electric carHere's Everything We Know About Volkswagen's (Not So!) "First" Electric Car. Read more ... », the cost of a battery is crudely the same as the cost of the rest. That is quite the wrong proportion for it to take off. So people are desperate to find ways to supply cheaper batteries,” Faradion chairman, Chris Wright, said.

In 2010, Wright and some colleagues pondered why large batteries usedElectric car tech update: BMW working on wireless charging. Read more ... » for electric cars and for energy storage from solar panelsSolar Roof for Auxiliary charge is a must. Read more ... » in the homeElectric Vehicle Fast Charger From Australia Makes It To Europe. Read more ... » were so expensive. The problem lay in the materials used to make them – specifically, those that contain lithium, of which there is a scarcity that drives up priceGo Aberdeen: Electric vehicle no charge cost to continue in Aberdeen. Read more ... ». Wright said his team “would be on to a winner” if they could find a material that contained a comparable but cheaper material to make the equivalent of lithium-ion batteriesElectric B-Class now available to order. Read more ... » such as those used in mobile phonesWhy electric cars could be sold like phones. Read more ... ».

The answer, they thought, was to useGo Aberdeen: Electric vehicle no charge cost to continue in Aberdeen. Read more ... » sodium, which has a similar chemistry to lithium. The base materials needed to produce a sodium-ion battery are significantly easier to sourceRenault Zoe EV on sale June in UK from £13,650. Read more ... » than those for lithium-ion batteries.

The marketApple hires Tesla's top self driving engineer for rival electric car project. Read more ... » for systems that use large-scale batteries is expected to grow as demand increases for home storage units for the energy generated from solarSolar Roof for Auxiliary charge is a must. Read more ... » panels as well as for electric cars.

“We set out to make sodium materials that worked in a simple electrochemical [battery] cell that behaved as well as if not better than some of the lithium systems. We were able to produce material which outperformed lithium-ion phosphate, which has until recently been the workhorse in automotive batteries.”

Last May Faradion revealed what it claims to be one of the most advanced sodium-ion batteries on the market, costing about 30% less than a lithium-ion equivalent. The company demonstrated the new technologyWireless Electric Vehicle Charging - Will it Work?. Read more ... » in May at the headquarters of Williams Advanced Engineering in Oxfordshire using an electric bike. To the casual observer, the battery looks and performs in the same way as a lithium-ion battery.

As well as being cheaper, sodium-ion batteries are easier to transport. Strict guidelines surround the transport of lithium-ion batteries because they can cause explosions if they short circuit. Last month Boeing warned passenger airlines against carrying bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries.

The sodium-ion batteries could be transported more quickly and easily without the safety#Charging #ElectricCar: CHAdeMO quick-chargers increase to 2000 units in 2012. Read more ... » concerns and logistical costsNot just You and I: Green vehicle demand revs up as UK electric car sales quadruple. Read more ... ».

Cheaper batteries could lead to goods such as electric cars and energy storage units falling in price, Wright said. “Things will become available which weren’t available before. People are very frequently annoyed with their batteries. Battery performanceNissan's 60-kWh, 200-Mile Battery Pack: What We Know So Far. Read more ... » has really lagged behind the ambition and vision of people who are making other products. There is a lotHello Electric Car: Event Introduces Area Drivers to Electric Vehicles. Read more ... » of potential for batteries which tick the right boxes.”

After starting in the areaWhatCar? : Group test - BMW i3 vs Volkswagen e-Golf. Read more ... » with relatively few players, the sector is booming, said Wright. Faradion is now on trying to licence the technology.

The problem with getting the batteries into cars is that it can take eight years from when the dealElectric Vehicle Fast Charger From Australia Makes It To Europe. Read more ... » is done to vehicles going on sale, Wright said. For energy storage units however, the technology could be installed much quicker.

Home energy generation has blossomed in the UK over the past four years, with an estimated 670,000 homes fitted with solar panels. Companies such as Elon MuskNorway: Why do they love electric cars in the Arctic Circle?. Read more ... »’s TeslaTesla Model-S launch: an electric car to answer even Clarkson's objections. Read more ... » aim to capitalise on this trend with Powerwall home energy storage batteries and a planned “gigafactory” in Nevada that will be the largest producer of lithium-ion batteries in the world#Charging #ElectricCar: CHAdeMO quick-chargers increase to 2000 units in 2012. Read more ... » by 2017. This is expected to force other battery manufacturersLess Energy-Intensive Heating For Electric Cars Demonstrated At Frankfurt Auto Show. Read more ... » to seek alternatives in case they are priced out of the market, which is where Faradion aimsElectric car tech update: BMW working on wireless charging. Read more ... » to come in.

“[Other battery producers] are a natural target for us#Charging #ElectricCar: CHAdeMO quick-chargers increase to 2000 units in 2012. Read more ... » because they can use our materials and reduce their materials cost and find themselves able to compete with Tesla who have a large-scale plant,” Wright said. A decade ago, solar panels for the home were prohibitively expensive but the reduction in costs now mean they have proliferated. “I can see the same thing happen with energy storage,” he said.

 

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