More durable batteries coming to car sharing EVs?

Car sharing puts a strain on any car that is shared due to may factors such as the distance driven, the driver or even road conditions. However, with an electric vehicle in a car sharing program the batteries are strained on the range and the time it takes to charge before someone borrows the car again for a short trip. Japanese chemist Akira Yoshino is telling automakers they’ll need to develop more durable batteries to be able to handle the rigors of a car sharing service. He wants to see batteries that can better handle the higher number of daily charging cycles that an EV goes through when compared to traditional car ownership.

As he told Bloomberg, “A car shared by 10 people means it will be running 10 times more and durability will become very important.”

Yoshino sees ways of improving battery durability with the usage of different types of anode and lithium titanate. How automakers embracing this technology in upcoming electric vehicles is another story, but he has hopes they will.

Solid-state batteries could prove as a potential breakthrough that could change the battery industry, as pointed out by lithium-ion inventor John Goodenough. Several automakers are already looking to solid-state batteries for future EV models. Solid-state batteries may help increase an EV’s range and provide quicker charging. Some automakers and startups feel confident that the technology could eventually replace usage of lithium-ion cells in future EVs. So expect to see solid-state batteries to be gradually introduced in the 2020s.

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