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Toshiba Breakthrough Battery Changing Electric Vehicle Game?

Toshiba Breakthrough Battery Changing Electric Vehicle Game?
Toshiba says its breakthrough battery can keep electric vehicles on the road up to 200 miles without charging. (Yanik Chauvin/Dreamstime)

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:21 AM

Toshiba says its new breakthrough battery, designed for electric vehicles, can charge in six minutes and last for 200 miles.

The SCiB lithium ion battery uses a new anode material made from titanium niobium oxide, which Toshiba said in a news release has "double the lithium storage capacity."  

The battery also can reportedly be charged 5,000 times without losing capacity, which CNet notes would be nearly 14 years if charged once a day.

"Rather than an incremental improvement, this is a game changing advance that will make a significant difference to the range and performance of [electric vehicles]," Dr. Osamu Hori, Director of Corporate Research & Development Center at Toshiba Corporation, said in the news release.

Toshiba also said its product also can handle ultra-rapid recharging in cold weather.

Toshiba plans to launch its new breakthrough battery in 2019 but did not mention the cost of it.

"You can't get large swaths of the public excited about a six-minute charge time if it's connected to a small [electric vehicle] that costs $75,000," CNet wrote, assuming the battery will be expensive. "But if Toshiba is able to produce these cells at a decent cost, and they live up to the initial testing hype, hesitant buyers could put more thought into the idea of buying an electric car."

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