Groundbreaking Fast-Charging Battery Technology by Toshiba Triples E-Bike Range
NEW YORK, USA – The secret is said to be in a new material that Toshiba uses in its Super Charge ion Battery (SCiB) for the anode called titanium niobium oxide. With it Toshiba’s new fast-charging battery could allow Electric Vehicles like e-bikes to travel three times as far as they do now, and then be fully recharged again in a matter of minutes.
Toshiba’s SCiB (Super Charge ion Battery) is already marketed since 2007. The current SCiB uses lithium titanium oxide as its anode. The next-generation SCiB uses a new material for the anode called titanium niobium oxide. Toshiba says it was able to arrange into a crystal structure that can store lithium ions more efficiently. So much so, that the energy density has been doubled.
Prolonged life cycle; extended range
Toshiba has tested out a 50-Ah version of the new battery. Results of these tests show a prolonged life cycle. The company claims that its new technology offers batteries to retain more than 90 percent of their capacities after a big 5,000 charge cycles.
Toshiba also claims that its Super Charge ion Battery will allow a compact Electric Vehicle for a range of 320 km after just a six minutes of ultra-rapid charging! This is around three times the range offered by a standard, similarly charged lithium-ion battery.
‘Game changing advance’
“We are very excited by the potential of the new titanium niobium oxide anode and the next-generation SCiB’s,” says Dr. Osamu Hori, Director of Corporate Research & Development Center at Toshiba Corporation. “Rather than an incremental improvement, this is a game changing advance that will make a significant difference to the range and performance of Electric Vehicles. We will continue to improve the battery’s performance and aim to put the next-generation SCiB’s into practical application in fiscal year 2019.”