It’s no secret that many consumers don’t like the limited battery life of electric vehicles (EVs),media reported. So obviously if these batteries can be recharged faster, people may not be so dissatisfied. That’s what GBatteries’ new pulse charging system is useful — perhaps one day it could safely charge an EV battery in minutes rather than hours.
In a typical charging system, continuous current is sent to the battery. This current can be increased in fast chargers, but over time the battery’s performance decreases, which means that its charging capacity is reduced as well. In addition, the battery may overheat and may even cause a fire.
The Ottawa-based GBatteries is developing a fast charging system that is said to solve the problem by constantly changing currents in successive micropulses. An artificial intelligence-based system constantly checks the battery’s impedance and other factors to determine when pulses can be sent and at how much voltage it can send without harming the battery.
The system is reported to be able to work with any lithium-ion battery (automotive, smartphone or other product area).
Developers hope that by the time the technology is further developed, an EV will be fully charged from a near-empty battery state in five to 10 minutes — although that will depend on the power of the fast-charging station. The system will then be licensed to automakers, electronics companies, or other customers. However, this may take some time.
“It’s going to take a while for something like a consumer car,” said Tim Sherstyuk, CEO and co-founder of GBatteries. The typical design cycle for a car is five to seven years. You also need to consider technical validation. We are currently working with electric car manufacturers, but this is a long process. “