Fluoride discovery could lead to much longer-lasting EV batteries

Published Date | 2018 December 10

Battery breakthrough could help fluoride trump lithium. Cells using it would have a much lower environmental impact
Global: Researchers have announced a new battery breakthrough that focuses on the negative. Rather than using lithium, the most electropositive element on the periodic table, they used fluoride, the most electro-negative. It can store more energy than its lithium doppelgänger, but until now, batteries needed to run hot at 150 degrees Celsius or more.  Honda, Caltech and NASA scientists discovered a way to make it work at room temperature, which could eventually yield more energy dense and environmentally safe batteries for EVs and other devices. This new battery discovery will have a significant impact upon the Electric Vehicle and its battery market and on automobile industry as a whole in the near future. Fluoride-ion batteries effectively do the job in the opposite course of lithium-ion cells, attracting electrons instead of shedding them. Fluoride (the ionized edition of fluorine) is an intriguing battery product for the reason that it has a low atomic pounds and extremely substantial ability to shop electrons. Even so, to do that, you have to dissolve the fluoride ions into an electrolyte, and scientists have identified that it only operates with sound electrolytes heated to higher temperatures. To get about that, the Honda/NASA/Caltech group created a liquid electrolyte named BTFE that enables fluoride to dissolve at area temperature. With two positively-billed locations, it exploits the “opposites bring in” principal, reacting strongly to negatively-charged fluoride. The experts paired the electrolyte with a copper, lanthanum, and fluorine to make a prototype battery able of reversible chemical reactions (recharging) at room temperature. All informed, the batteries have the opportunity for ten instances the electrical power density of lithium-ion batteries and would have a “more favorable environmental footprint,” in accordance with Honda. According to BlueWeave Consulting, the electric vehicle section of the automotive industry is at the flourishing stage, supportive government policies and high public & private sector investment in the region are booming the industry. Over the years the automotive industry will witness phenomenal growth with high investment from various investment companies. Increase in per capita income and rise in urban population has surged the demand for automobiles leading to higher revenue generation in the developing region. Prominent automotive companies are willing to enter into the market through acquisition and partnership, further government supportive policy is positively impacting the market. Companies are focusing on controlling cost, improving efficiency and utilization of alternative energy engines. Electric vehicles (EVs) are the most fuel-efficient reduces emissions and significantly lower energy costs, thus EVs are on high demand, which in turn will promulgate the market growth of EV batteries and charging stations as well in near future. According to the report by BlueWeave Consulting on “Global Electric Commercial Vehicles Market, By Propulsion, By Vehicle Type, By Component Type, By Region- Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends & forecast by 2018-2024”, the global electric commercial vehicle is projected to grow over a CAGR of 12% during the forecast period of 2018-2024 by value. The market is expected to reach around USD 149,316 Million by 2024. The demand for electric vehicles and charging station is governed by an increase in demand for fuel-efficient, high-performance, and low-emission vehicles. In addition, the trend of reduction in vehicular emission due to stringent rules & regulations in several countries and growth of public charging infrastructure in China, India, and the other developed countries are fuelling the market growth. According to the recently published report by BlueWeave Consulting on “Global Electric Vehicle Charging Station Market, By Product Type, By Installation Type, By Suppliers Type, By Region- Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends & forecast by 2018-2025”, the growth is attributed to an increased deployment of charging stations at public places such as shopping malls, commercial buildings, airports, and restaurants. The convenience of being able to use an EV charger while shopping or during office hours is expected to boost the adoption of electric vehicles. Furthermore, government offerings, such as tax credits, on the installation of publicly accessible stations are expected to boost the market. According to the report by BlueWeave Consulting on “Global Electric vehicle Battery Market, By Battery Type, By Vehicle Technology, By Vehicle Type, By Region- Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends & forecast by 2018-2025”, the global electric vehicle battery is projected to grow over a CAGR of 19.04% during the forecast period. The growing demand for Electric Vehicles (EVs) is primarily responsible for the aggressive growth of EV batteries. The sales of electric vehicles have increased due to the increasing government support in the form of tax credits and lucrative subsidies and consumer awareness of the usage and benefits of these vehicles. Moreover, huge investments by major players to set up EV battery plants are expected to further drive the market.