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‘Solid Electrolyte’ Stretches E-Bike’s Battery Life-Span Endlessly

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DOETINCHEM, the Netherlands – In a joint project, MIT and Samsung cooperate in the development of a new material for Li-Ion batteries. In a recent scientific publication the researchers claim that their new material, a solid electrolyte, could not only extend battery life endlessly, but also greatly increase storage capacity as well as safety. All this brings major benefits to e-bikes.

‘Solid Electrolyte’ Stretches E-Bike’s Battery Life-Span Endlessly
Famous ‘Massachusetts Institute of Technology’ is working with Samsung in developing ultimate li-ion e-bike battery. – Photo Bike Europe

In a previous publication, Bike Europe already reported on a new generation of e-bike batteries which will last for more than 10 years and have a capacity of some 700Wh.

These batteries will be on the market by the end of this year. When solid electrolyte batteries will become available is not yet known.

No degradation

Unlike the common lithium-ion batteries which use a liquid electrolyte,  the MIT researchers and the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology claim that the solid-state electrolyte has no degradation, and therefore could last through ‘hundreds of thousands of cycles’. Another advantage of a solid-state lithium-ion battery is that it still performs under freezing temperatures.

‘There’s nothing to burn’

The organic solvent in current lithium ion batteries with liquid electrolyte is responsible for overheating and fires, posing major risks. In the peer-reviewed journal ‘Nature Materials’ Gerbrand Ceder, a professor of materials science and engineering at MIT even stated that, “You could throw solid-state Li-Ion batteries against the wall, drive a nail through it, there’s nothing there to burn.”

Lower transportation costs

The transport and storage of e-bike batteries, which is held to rigorous safety standards might become easier and cheaper in the future as these solid electrolyte batteries do not pose any risk, as the researchers claim.

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