Nikola Motor announces revolutionary batteryNovember 25, 2019
While all attention was focused on the upcoming release of Tesla Cybertruck, the announcement of a new battery that could double the range of existing electric cars went almost unnoticed.
Just a few days before Cybertruck sent shockwaves around the world, Nikola Motors announced that it was going to introduce a battery that would revolutionize the industry, not only as a new technology, but also as the world’s first stand-alone car battery.
It is assumed that its own development will four times exceed the specific energy density of lithium-ion batteries, while it will cost 50% less in production and will double the range of electric vehicles without adding a single gram to the weight of vehicles. At the moment, full information about the technology is insufficient, as the company plans to announce it next year at the Nikola World event.
What is known is that Nikola Motors promises “an energy density of 1,100 watt-hours per kg at the material level and 500 watt-hours per kg at the level of the production chamber”, which should mean that the range of a passenger car will double from 500 to 1000 kilometers.
“This is the biggest progress we have seen in the world of batteries. We are not talking about small improvements; we are talking about doubling the battery capacity of your cell phone. We are talking about doubling the range of BEVs and hydrogen-electric vehicles around the world, ”said a statement by Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola Motor Company.
Although much remains to be clarified before we can rejoice at this incredible innovation, Nikola says he is ready to share this technology with other OEMs working in this area, subject to any cash investments. The manufacturer claims that to launch production lines, it has already secured the support of a “team of world-class battery engineers.” Some scientists working in this area have skeptical about this statement, saying that the company already has a battery.
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