While electric vehicles (EVs) are designated to be the vehicles of the future, a number of factors are holding people back from switching over from regular vehicles right now. EVs have a lower driving range, extremely slow recharge speeds and there aren’t enough charging stations around when compared to regular gasoline-fueled vehicles. Well it looks like it won’t be for too long; researchers from MIT have developed a new battery that is said to solve the problem of slow recharge speeds.
Their battery uses a semi-solid flow cell design and stores electric energy as a liquid called Cambridge Crude which is a very thick electrolyte solution that contains a very large suspension of tiny lithium-ion particles. When the liquid runs out of energy, you will just have to head to a charging station to pump out the old liquid and pump in a new batch of fully charged liquid. The time taken for all of this will be same as it would take to refill the gas tank of your car. The discharged liquid is also reusable: it can be recharged and then pumped into other vehicle, which makes it an eco-friendly solution.