Fisker, the Danish automotive designer behind the cars such as the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage, just made an announcement that could revolutionize electric vehicles. He relaunched his electric car startup this year and the next car would be a breakthrough in solid-state batteries. The car battery would have a range of 500 miles on a 1-minute charge.
Fisker originally planned to use brand new graphene-based hybrid supercapacitor technology but settled on the standard lithium-ion instead in the end. That being said, the solid state batteries developed by Fisker are deemed much safer and possess a higher energy density as compared to standard Li-ion batteries. However, these still lack specific features such as wide temperature ranges, electrode current density and are of much higher price than Li-ion batteries.
Fisker Inc. has now claimed to have found the perfect combination of power and price, “This breakthrough marks the beginning of a new era in solid-state materials and manufacturing technologies. We are addressing all of the hurdles that solid-state batteries have encountered on the path to commercialization, such as performance in cold temperatures; the use of low cost and scalable manufacturing methods; and the ability to form bulk solid-state electrodes with significant thickness and high active material loadings. We are excited to build on this foundation and move the needle in energy storage,” said Dr. Fabio Albano, VP of battery systems at Fisker Inc and co-founder of Sakti3 to Green Car Congress.
A patent has been filed for this new technology and the company believes that it will be ready to roll out these batteries by 2023. The reason it will take 5 more years is the lack of supply chains with certain raw materials and necessary manufacturing tools. This is something that can be expected of a new automation. But, once these batteries start rolling, the 1-minute charge time sounds too good to just pass up.