Tech & Science Toshiba's 'breakthrough' battery can charge in six minutes

14:55  24 october  2017
14:55  24 october  2017 Source:   CNET

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Toshiba didn't talk about cost per kWh, so it' s probably not cheap.

ELECTRIC car batteries capable of a 200 mile range — and recharged in six minutes — have been created in a what could be a huge breakthrough for the electric car industry. A new electric car battery developed by Toshiba can be recharged in six minutes .

Toshiba claims its cells can offer double the lithium storage capacity over modern lithium-ion batteries.<br /> © Provided by CNET Toshiba claims its cells can offer double the lithium storage capacity over modern lithium-ion batteries.
Companies love to claim that they've discovered the Next Big Thing in lithium-ion batteries, and Toshiba is the latest to jump on this wagon.

Toshiba announced that its next-generation SCiB lithium-ion battery can take some serious abuse and charge at speeds that sound like pure science fiction. Using an anode material made from titanium niobium oxide, Toshiba claims its cells can offer double the lithium storage capacity over modern lithium-ion batteries.

The prototype version of these 50 amp-hour cells can be recharged in as little as six minutes. On Japan's new JC08 test cycle, Toshiba claims a 32-kWh EV battery can provide triple the range when compared with a typical lithium-ion battery running on that same six-minute charge cycle.

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December 13, 2007 Toshiba have stunned the world with their announcement of what' s pretty much the holy grail in Lithium battery technology – the Super Charge ion Battery , which recharges up to 90% of its energy in just five minutes , and has a lifespan of over 10 years.

Toshiba launched the SCiBTM as a safe, long-life, fast charging lithium-ion battery in 2008. So, lets do the math: They say, they can charge 32kWh in 6 Minutes . That’ s a 320kW charger .

But charge time is only part of the battery. Anyone who's plugged in an old phone one too many times knows that charge cycles and hardiness also factor into what makes a good battery. To this end, Toshiba claims its SCiB prototype will retain 90 percent of its capacity after 5,000 charge-discharge cycles -- if you're charging once a day, that's almost 14 years' worth of cycles. It can also charge rapidly in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit, although charge time extends from six minutes to 10.

Toshiba is far from the first company to claim a big breakthrough that could bring many more potential buyers into the EV fold. While Toshiba notes that it plans to commercialize this battery in the 2019 fiscal year, there are many questions left unanswered. The biggest one is cost -- Toshiba made no mention of the new SCiB's cost per kWh, which InsideEVs notes is one of the major hurdles an automaker must clear before it dives into new battery tech.

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Image courtesy of Toshiba . Even better, Toshiba engineers tell us that the battery can be charged in six minutes . Assuming that part is true, a massive charging station - more powerful than a Tesla Supercharger - will be necessary.

MIT breakthrough could power smartphones of the future. 10:46, 11 Aug 2015. A team of scientists have created what they call a "yolk and shell" invention and reckon it could charge from zero to full in only six minutes .

After all, you can't get large swaths of the public excited about a six-minute charge time if it's connected to a small EV that costs $75,000. 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.

(Hat tip to InsideEVs!)

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