QuantumScape, which develops solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, has announced a “major breakthrough”. The company managed to create batteries that are characterized by a high charging speed, while maintaining their original capacity for a long time.
According to the company, the new type of solid-state batteries can be charged from 10% to 80% in 15 minutes, and after 400 cycles of this charging mode, they retain more than 80% of their original capacity. By comparison, existing electric car batteries take twice as long to charge in safe mode. At the same time, these 400 cycles for “green” cars with a power reserve of 480 km equate to a mileage of almost 200,000 km.
“We believe QuantumScape’s lithium metal technology can significantly improve the fast charging performance of electric vehicles. Innovations like these are critical to closing the performance gap between electric and combustion engine vehicles and represent the future of the electrified transportation sector,” said Jagdeep Singh, co-founder and CEO of QuantumScape.
The introduction of QuantumScape solid-state batteries, according to the company, will make it possible to practically equalize the refueling time of electric cars with ICE-“classics”. And this, in turn, will lead to a wider spread of environmentally friendly transport. Large automakers, including the Volkswagen Group, are already participating in QuantumScape development funding.