Here’s how it works:
UCs, on the other hand, have a very high power density. This means that they excel at supplying a high range of energy demands over a short time. Because there are no chemical reactions involved, UCs are good for as much as 1 million charging cycles. However, they cannot hold the amount of charge that a Li-ion battery can. By connecting UCs with a battery management system, we have the best of both worlds.
What does this mean for your car? A longer lasting battery, greater range, durability and better response times are all benefits from using a HESS in your vehicle.
So far, no manufacturer has started using these new devices in their EVs. This is a field which is much younger than electric vehicles, and talk of their potential has only really been going around since the past 5 years. It is safe to say that the electric car you buy today will not be made irrelevant tomorrow by this new technology. UCs in HESS are simply a window into the future that may be. There are already many advancements in this technology. Already, researchers have developed robust UCs that can store greater charges for longer. These can even replace batteries in small devices like cell phones and laptops.
In a country like India, this technology might turn out to be a game-changer. The first OEM to adopt this new technology will certainly have an advantage over their competitors. These EVs will be able to perform much better without any added weights or costs. They can help maximize the range as well as the life of the battery, making the EVs of the future the perfect purchase for the Indian buyer.
An EV of the future may very well include this technology. Batteries lasting longer means lesser maintenance and lower degradation, meaning that your car will perform the same as it when you bought it three years ago, and it wouldn’t cost you anything extra! No wonder that Tesla shelled out $200 million to acquire a UC manufacturer like Maxwell Technologies.