Electric batteries have been in use for some time but the demand we are doing on such items is growing. Demand increased autonomy for our devices while those employing more power and therefore have higher consumption. Something similar is beginning to happen in the electric car market, the first electric vehicles are coming to market.
But these electric vehicles have a very short range compared with cars that have a combustion engine, making electric cars for short trips remain. Another of the problems they face is the time to recharge the batteries, in which the best we can recharge the battery in a quarter of an hour, while connecting the car to a normal load plug could extended to eight or nine hours. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also known as MIT have developed a new type of batteries that are charged with a liquid fuel.
Cambridge Crude is the name of this fuel and does recharge the batteries as these feed particle electric charges in an electrolyte. These batteries have two compartments in which the particles are stored, one for storing the energy charge and another for those who are responsible for downloading this energy.
The main advantage of this system is that the battery, being a liquid fuel, can be done as fast as now fill the fuel tanks of our cars with petrol or diesel. Another advantage over current batteries used in electric cars is that these batteries are smaller and cheaper, besides having an obvious improvement in the cost of materials also make electric cars are lighter, improving performance and driving experience among other things.
The new design should reduce the size and cost of the entire battery system, including the structural and connectors, about half current levels. This dramatic reduction could be the key to that electric vehicles can have a better competition with conventional gasoline vehicles and diesel.
On the other hand Professor Yet-Ming Chiang says this is the reinvention of batteries for electric cars, a job that is not easy and whose research may lead at least 18 months before these batteries reach production vehicles .
If researchers can take this battery technology to the automotive market will be a great step forward and then it will be to solve the problem of autonomy, with vehicles that currently we can hardly do anything less than 200 kilometers.