Though individuals with electric cars will in the near future be able to recharge their cars conveniently in terms of time, just like refilling with gasoline, it will take a span of four to eight years for this to work effectively. For this to happen, there exist numerous obstacles that need to be tackled, given the fact that the technology which is being tried in the labs will have to be scaled up for mass manufacturing. Other hurdles that will need to be tackled which currently affect the purchase and use of electric vehicles include the pricing of the automobiles and range anxiety. The promise of lowered pricing on the purchase of electric cars and increased range, together with the news of fast battery charging, has spurred up individuals hoping to own electric cars.

According to StoreDot, an Israeli company, it is closer to attaining a 5-minute fill-up by using modernized lithium-ion technology. The company’s claims can be said to be true given the range of its bankrollers who include BP, Daimler, the mother company for Mercedes, Japan’s TDK, and Samsung, a Korean company. After its announcement, Doron Myersdorf, the CEO for StoreDot, stated that the company was on the brink of accomplishing a revolution in the charging of electric vehicles that will be aimed at doing away with a barrier that is crucial in the adoption and use of electric cars though not sure how long the process will take.

Ford Motor Co. backed Solid Power of the United States stated that it was also progressing with the next advancement in technology with solid-state batteries and expects to roll out mass production by 2027. Another company that is working to produce a reliable electrolyte battery is QuantumScape of the U.S. the company aims to use solid electrolytes and lithium metal to develop cells that are much dense and safe. They are expected to be in the market in the next three years. Toyota is also working on the technology though it has not disclosed much on its operations. Compared to liquid electrolytes, solid-state batteries will produce up to 45% more power, and with the electrolytes being non-flammable, it eliminates any fire threats.

Europe, so as not to be left out in the revolution, is expected to raise its contribution in global battery cell output, which stands at 3% to 25% by 2030. The E.U. has already rolled out the program with subsidies being offered to companies like BMW and Tesla to ensure that it becomes a global leader in the market for battery electric vehicles (BEV). As per IHS markit, BEV’s market share in E.U. will rise from 2.1% in 2019 to 30.0% in 2030. China is expected to be at 24.2%, while the U.S. will be at 15%.

By Adam