New EV battery with six-minute recharge could be earmarked for Australian production

A US-based battery developer with ties to Australia says they are closing in on producing a “game-changing” electric vehicle (EV) battery capable of recharging to 85 per cent in as little as six minutes!

Clean energy storage developer Charge CCC4 has used a bio-mineralised lithium-mixed-metal-phosphate anode and cathode to develop the new battery cell, with early tests revealing very promising results.

The material used in the battery cell supposedly allows the battery to degrade at a slower rate without losing any performance while supporting extra-fast-charge capability.

The innovative extra fast charge battery cell is currently undergoing rigorous testing, with initial results indicating as many as 650 charge cycles could be performed before hitting 80 per cent energy capacity.

The early results were announced by Australian based EV battery manufacturer Magnis Energy Technologies, partners of C4V, in a recent statement to the Australian Stock Exchange.

Magnis also announced that plans were underway to produce the extra fast charge battery right here in Queensland from as early as 2021.

A $3 billion “Giga-scale” manufacturing facility in Townsville has already been mapped out and supported by the Queensland Government, with Australia’s richness in natural resources used in the battery manufacturing process making the location ideal.

Magnis Chairman Frank Poullas said recent developments regarding the new battery cell technology had the potential to revolutionise the EV technology sector.

“Fast charging is usually synonymous with batteries degrading quickly, however today’s results using an unoptimized cell are exciting and will improve further as the cell is optimised,” said Poullas.

“This news is highly encouraging for the global battery industry and for every EV manufacturer. To be able to charge batteries within 6 minutes would be a game-changer and its comforting to know that Magnis and C4V are at the forefront of this and other battery technologies.”

Source: The Driven | Six-minute EV battery could be made at mooted $3 billion Australian gigafactory

5 August 2020

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