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Charging lampposts and new battery tech – the latest breakthroughs in the world of electric vehicles…

01 October 2021, 4:32 PM

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We all know that electric vehicles (EVs) are great for the environment, which is great for us too. They emit fewer greenhouse gases and air pollutants than petrol and diesel cars which makes a happy Mother Nature and healthier peeps! So, it’s an absolute win win, right? In theory yes, but the number of charging points needs to increase even more to make this a viable reality for everyone, and sadly not everyone owns an EV just yet. But all of that is about to change…

Start-up company, Char.gy, want to make it easy for anyone and everyone to own an EV and to make EV charging as simple as possible, particularly for those without off-street parking.

They’ve come up with an invention that converts the already installed London street lampposts into electric vehicle charging points. Yep, that’s right – you just plug your car into a lamppost. How neat is that?

Through this creative invention, new electric charging points will be available to EV owners without the need to dig up pavements or add another power supply – and no mess means no stress!

So, how did they do it?

The invention has a bespoke electronic circuit board to meet the relevant EU standards which allow it to be used by the public. Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) from Warwick University helped Char.gy in designing, building and also testing the electronic board prototype, making it possible for the start-up to meet the certification deadlines (thanks guys!). Electronic engineers from WMG then developed the final electronic circuits needed to complete the product.  

But wait – there’s more! Warwick University is so committed to speeding up the adoption of energy efficient EVs that they’ve purchased Char.gys for the electronic vehicles available at their campus, including their own fleet of battery-powered vans. What a positive result 😉

And that’s not all in the world of EVs! There’s been a recent battery breakthrough which promises superfast charging for electric cars.

We know what you’re thinking… How fast are we talking here?  

Just five minutes to fully charge! That’s as fast as (if not faster) than filling up petrol or diesel vehicles - which will be music to the ears of our UK friends at the moment *cough cough*

Even though electric vehicles are vital to tackling the climate crisis, many drivers worry about running out of charge during a journey, so this breakthrough is a HUGE step forward for the future of EVs.

The new super speedy batteries are made from lithium-ion which you’ll currently find in smaller electronics, such as phones and power tools. These batteries replace graphite (found in the batteries we currently use) with semiconductor nanoparticles into which ions can pass more quickly and easily to store charge. These new materials carefully increase the temperature of the battery, enabling the lithium ions to move faster but avoid any damage to the battery usually caused by heat. Booyah!

Dozens of companies around the world are developing fast-charging batteries, including Tesla, Enevate and Sila Nanotechnologies, and it’s said that these fast-charging batteries will be available to us as quick as within the next three years.  

So, we’re in – but will you go for an EV in the near future? And what else do you think these superfast batteries could power? Let us know your thoughts over on our social channels.

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