Skeleton Technologies and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are working on a new graphene battery with a 15-second charging time.
According to Skeleton, this ‘SuperBattery’ is a perfect solution for the three main issues currently affecting electric vehicles: slow charging times, battery degradation, and range anxiety.
What makes the SuperBattery extra special is Skeleton’s patented ‘Curved Graphene’ carbon material. It brings to the battery the high power and long lifetime of ultracapacitors.
Ultracapacitors are increasingly emerging as the ideal complementary technology to lithium-ion batteries.
This has been made evident by Tesla’s acquisition of ultracapacitor manufacturer Maxwell Technologies in the hopes of improving batteries used in its EVs.
Skeleton’s development of Curved Graphene has been supported by EIT InnoEnergy, which is also the first backer of Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt.
Karlsruhe’s role in this endeavor is to bring next generation energy storage technologies like the Skeleton SuperBattery to market readiness.
The SuperBattery has already gained a lot of attention in the automotive and transportation sectors.
Recently, Skeleton Technologies signed a $1.2 billion ‘Letter of Intent’ with a leading automotive OEM to bring the technology to the market.
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