A recent story in the Christian Science Monitor discusses a breakthrough that may provide huge improvements in battery life and shortened recharge time.
According to the report:
…scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago announced a breakthrough last week that could result in lithium-ion batteries (the kind found in most rechargeable gadgets) with a 10-fold increase in both battery life and charging speed.
The downside to the new technique is that the battery is more susceptible to degradation: after about 150 charge cycles, or about a year of operation, the capacity and charging speed start to diminish sharply.
Here’s hoping that the research makes it’s way to electric car batteries with potentially large improvements in range and recharge time. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.