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Move over Tesla, Dyson Could Be the Next Top Electric Car Maker Using Solid-State Batteries

May 12, 2016 03:23 AM EDT
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The world of electric cars is about to get better. Dyson, a company known for home electronics is said to delve into electric car industry. They recently acquired a battery company and are developing the solid-state battery, which experts say, is safer than the other types available in the market today.
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Tesla is probably the most popular electric car maker today with Model S and Model X about to hit the market. Elon Musk's company says their car could also be a weapon against biochemical using its air filter with Bioweapon Defense Mode. But a British company is about to challenge Tesla. Dyson, a new is said to have started developing their electric cars with the use of Solid-state batteries.

According to Gizmodo, the revelation of Dyson's electric car was actually an accident when some documents were revealed. Dyson is a British brand known for their vacuum cleaners, hairdryers and other home electronic items, that's why venturing into the electric car market is surprising. But they might just have the technology to do it. Dyson just bought a battery company last year called Sakti3.

The Guardian said that although Dyson didn't comment on the leaked documents revealing its plans to built electric cars, they said they are investing £1bn in battery technology.

Obviously, Sakti3 is a known producer of solid-state batteries. But what's the fuss all about? Well, as it turns out, solid-state batteries are safer and lasts longer compare to other types in the market today. Gizmodo added, "Though we don't yet know exactly what sort sort of energy density the company has achieved, Sakti3 claims that no other solid state batteries with ceramic electrolytes come close, and experts reckon it's already hit the 300Wh/kg mark."

Professor David Greenwood of the University of Warwick's manufacturing group said in an interview that have some excellent product engineering and some excellent marketing skills, so could they follow the same path as Tesla? Well, yes, probably they could."

Solid-state batteries have an increased energy density, the amount of power stored and is also safer because it uses sold electrolyte which isn't risky in terms of fire.

Although Dyson is yet to reveal more details about the electric car that could take down Tesla, researchers say that it will take a long time before they can develop a way to incorporate the solid-state batteries in an electric car.

But if they did found a way, and hopefully they do, it will be the end of petroleum. Like what Prof Donald Sadoway at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said in an interview,  "If we had batteries with 350 watt-hours per kilogram (Wh/kg) we'd have electric vehicles with 350 miles of range, and that's the end of petroleum."

 

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