The latest such work comes from Paul Braun, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The secret the professor and his crew are revealing in the work published over the weekend in the online edition of the Nature Nanotechnology journal is not a new material, but a new way to structure the existing one.
By changing the structure of the battery cathodes, the professor says that he has eliminated the disadvantages of fast charging and discharging and now both can be achieved without sacrificing storage capacity (the findings of the group can be easily applied to all battery-powered objects).
How exactly the battery structure was changed can be found at the following link. What's of more importance to us is that, if the research proves to be applicable, those dreadful, customer scaring recharge times can be drastically reduced to as much as five minutes. That is about the same amount of time it takes to refuel an internal combustion car.
"If you had the ability to charge rapidly, instead of taking hours to charge the vehicle you could potentially have vehicles that would charge in similar times as needed to refuel a car with gasoline," Braun said according to Science Daily.
"If you had five-minute charge capability, you would think of this the same way you do an internal combustion engine. You would just pull up to a charging station and fill up."