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1,000km EV battery prototype

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

Researchers at Monash University in Australia have developed a new battery they claim can power a phone for five continuous days, or allow an electric vehicle to travel more than 1,000km without needing to recharge. This unprecedented storage capacity is made possible by using lithium-sulphur batteries instead of the standard lithium-ion version. Lithium-sulphur had previously been deemed impractical for commercial use due to the speed of degradation during each charge cycle. However, researchers have found a way around this issue and now claim to have created the world’s most efficient battery. Not only would the battery break barriers in terms of electric vehicle mileage, but it uses cheap and easily available materials, which are often considered a waste product. Prototype cells have been developed in Germany and further testing in cars and solar grids is set to take place in Australia this year.

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