Researchers examine speedy electric car charging, with custom-made touch

Despite the rising popularity of electric vehicles, consumers still hesitate to switch to these vehicles. One reason is the time taken to charge an electric car, than what is required for a conventional vehicle. But increasing the charging process can cause damage to the battery, and reduce its lifespan.

In a bid to address this, scientists have designed superfast charging methods designed to power various types of electric vehicle batteries within 10 minutes without causing any damage.

The findings will be presented at the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society.

“Speedy charging of battery is of utmost significance to increase consumer confidence and overall ownership of electric vehicles,” stated one of the presenters of the work. If this comes into existence, it will be similar to filling up fuel at a gas station. Such an advancement could help the American President’s goal of half of the vehicles to be electric or hybrid by 2030.

Importantly, charging lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles requires delicate balance. Ideally, drivers want to charge the vehicles as quickly as possible to get back on the freeway, but using the current technology, speeding up can cause damage.

Chemically, charging of lithium-ion battery involves migration of lithium ions from the cathode to the anode. If lithium ions are allowed to migrate faster, this leads to faster charging of the battery, but sometimes are unable to fully move into the anode.

In such a situation, lithium metal can accumulate, and can trigger early failure of battery. It can also cause the cathode to wear away and crack. These issues will cumulatively reduce the working life of battery, and effective extent of the vehicle.

Electric Vehicles, A Key Factor Driving the Rise of Electric Equipment & Heavy Machinery

There is a trend of surge in the demand for electric equipment in all the industries and heavy machinery.

Although, we witness those electric vehicles are creating a huge demand for the electric equipment, however there are many such factors that drive the rise of electric equipment and heavy machinery.

The number of electric vehicles has gone up on roads, however the major demand for it comes from the sectors such as construction, mining, agriculture etc.,

The covid pandemic did have its slow down effect in the market, however, the market is thriving back again and making a come back to the market with more resilience.

Low Fuel Cost to Drive the Electric Equipment and Heavy Machinery

One of the major factors driving the electric equipment and heavy machinery is the low fuel cost. The main challenge with these industries is transporting fuel and the harmful emission are taken care by the electric equipment and heavy machinery.  

Along with low fuel cost, the rise of electric equipment and heavy machinery is driven by the low maintenance cost associated with these. Further, the offer the advantage of hybrid machines and simple designs, which further is another key factor driving the rise of electric equipment and heavy machinery in the coming years.

These machines provide less idling time, thus reducing the wear and tear of the engine and extending the life of these machines which further provides the growth opportunities for electric equipment and heavy machinery.

The United States have been the torch bearer in the global market to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and switch to better alternatives by starting electrification movement.

In 2021, the state-imposed ban on many gas-powered power tools including power lawn and garden equipment and lawn mowers which will be in effect from 2022, thus driving the rise of electric equipment and heavy machinery in the forthcoming years.

Stringent Government Regulations to Expand Market

The government strict regulations on controlling emissions and adoption of green energy is expected to drive the operators to comply with standards and adopt electrification in their day today working. Such regulations are also expected to elevate the prices of conventional (ICE) models in order to comply with emission standards.

Simultaneously, the government is adopting measures like incentives, subsidies, etc. to motivate the companies to switch to sustainable options, thus driving the rise of electric equipment and heavy machinery in the next few years.

The prices of these heavy machines play a crucial role in the electric equipment, the reduction in cost along with other benefits is a significant factor driving the rise of electric equipment and heavy machinery in the future.

The future will be of electric equipment and heavy machinery and expected to continue to expand, however the ICE model is expected to be dominant in the market.

Despite the strong market for ICE, the electrification is projected to catchup faster after 2030 and bloom from thereon leaving everything behind.

Zero Emission Electric Vehicles Reshaping the Future of Farming

The use of electric farm vehicles in the 21st century is getting popular and leading to good boost to the automobile sector that manufactures electric vehicles.

The farmers are getting aware of the choices available to the for the benefit of sustainable farming, hence owing to the use of electric farm vehicles in the 21st century.

The reduced cost, zero emission, and increased adaptiveness are some of the features driving the demand for electric farm vehicles.

The advent of electric vehicles is a boon to many industries and it is indeed seeming to be the future of farming as it completely reshaping the farming industry in the 21st century. Let us look how electric revolution is redefining the farming industry and how things will shape up in the next few years.  

New Generation Electric Tractors to Boost the Farming

Even though many farmers are still using the conventional methods of farming, the electric tractors are coming into the trend and paving the way for new farming dynamics.

The market for the new generation electric tractors is still at a nascent stage, however the adoption of the electric tractors is a boon to farmers as it increases the efficiency and productivity.

The demand for automation in the farming sector is paving for the increasing investment in research and development in the field. The focus is more towards improving the battery life and the use of electric farm vehicles in the 21st century is projected to grow at a significant rate and reach the estimated value of USD 21.89mn by 2026

Sustainability Factor to proliferate the Electric Farm Vehicle Adoption

The world is moving towards sustainable options in every sector, and sustainability in food or farming is not something new, we have always been sustainable, but a few decades back we lost the touch with nature.

As the consumers are becoming more aware of sustainability and natural food source, they are becoming highly conscious about their choices. Therefore, the farmers are supposed to be aware of the consumer consciousness and adopt sustainable ways of farming and reduce the carbon foot print as much as possible.

Thanks to the technology, the advent of electric vehicles is making this a reality with zero emission and highly sustainable solution in the farming practices.

Further, the advent of electric vehicles is already benefiting the small land owners, however there are some challenges around it about the battery power and charging downtime.

Despite the challenges ahead, the ongoing research is expected to take care of charging downtime and reinstate the enormous faith in the electric powered agricultural equipment. With the technological advancement, the farmers across the globe will reap the benefits of electric powered farming practices like never before.

The adoption of electric powered equipment, improved safety, reduced costs, and green farming with no emission, the farmers will witness a remarkable growth in their income. This will reinstate the faith in other farmers around the globe with regards to the use of electric farm vehicles in 21st century.  

Researchers examine viability of new controller for fast charging of electric vehicles

In the quest to reduce the charging time of electric vehicles, a team of engineers at the Southwest Research Institute used internal research funds to handle challenges associated with such an initiative.

Meanwhile, as electric vehicles become popular, consumers expect the switch to battery-operated platforms be seamless. Consumers also expect these platforms to provide the same acceleration, performance, and comfort of vehicles provided by fossil fuels powered vehicles. In fact, manufacturers have been able to deliver mostly what consumers expect, however, technology lags in some areas such as battery recharge. Typically, for fossil fuels powered vehicles, consumers only need few minutes to fill the fuel tank before they can get back on the road, which, for electric vehicles requires hours for the same exercise.

Importantly, fast charging of electric vehicles is considered to make a huge difference in their popularity. Elaborately, fast charging converts the AC power supplied to homes into DC power required by batteries within the charging station itself to speed up charging significantly. Conversely, speed charging of electric vehicles puts forth new challenges.

Mechanically, fast charging maximizes the shift of lithium ions within a battery pack. With the shift of lithium ions at such a high rate, they can accumulate on the surface of the anode of the battery, and settle metallic lithium by a process called lithium plating. This results in reduced battery performance, and if not checked, can cause a short circuit and fail.

“Nonetheless, the electrochemistry behind lithium plating is complex and not completely understood,” stated a staff engineer at the Powertrain Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute. The physics-based model allows to detect the occurrence of lithium plating in real time, so that charging rate can be adjusted to prevent battery damage and also allow for shorter charging times.