This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.
Researchers at Penn State University have developed a lithium-ion car battery that can provide a 200 mile charge in ten minutes. The technique involves heating the battery to 60 degrees (C) beforehand, which quickens the charge closer to traditional refuelling methods. In previous programmes, such heating has damaged the battery and degraded its lifespan. But developers have used nickel foil as a way of preventing heat spread and protecting other components. This enables the battery to conduct over 1,700 charging cycles with no signs of degradation.