One thing holding people back from making the switch from gas to electric-powered cars is the time it takes to charge an EV battery.
While we’ve come a long way in terms of technology, it still takes around an hour to charge the vast majority of EVs from empty to 80 percent.
But scientists from Cornell University in New York have been working hard to reduce the charging time of EVs, which may encourage more people to make the switch.
Let’s face it, it’s hard to convince someone to make the switch when charging a car can take hours, as opposed to putting fuel in for 30 seconds.
Therefore, reducing charge time is key to getting more people to use electric vehicles.
Although the issues Tesla owners faced during the recent cold snap in the US could be another reason to put people off making the switch.
However, researchers at Cornell have developed a breakthrough battery that charges EVs in under five minutes.
The new lithium battery focuses on the kinetics of electrochemical reactions that will speed the process up.
You don’t need an EV with 300 miles of range if you can charge it back up in a few minutes, so what we’ll likely start to see is a reduction in range as the charge time drastically decreases.
We might even see pre-charged batteries that you can slot in and out of your car in the future – only time will tell.
Aside from being kinder to the environment, there are other huge benefits of making the switch from gas to electric-powered vehicles.
Take the Tesla owner who shared his first electric bill in a year, for example.
X user, @Tesla_GTownTX, shared a screenshot of what he claims is the first time he’s had to actually pay a bill to charge his Tesla in a whole year.
First time i’ve had a bill within the last 12 months. this sucks. pic.twitter.com/OSGdu1QbcN— RG (@Tesla_GTownTX) January 17, 2024
That alone is staggering – but the total owed is what’s really left people shocked.
According to the screenshot, which shows an email received from Tesla, the balance due is just $2.37.
Like us, you were probably expecting it to cost hundreds of dollars to charge an EV regularly over a month.
Some of the images in this article were created using AI.