Is a 600-mile Battery On the Horizon?

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Innolith, a Swiss start-up company, claims to have unlocked the keys to begin a revolution in powering electric vehicles with a massive battery upgrade.

The company said that it has made the first 1,000 Wh/kg rechargeable battery, which could create a charing capacity of 621 miles (1,000 kilometers) in a single charge. By comparison, the Tesla 3 is estimated at 250 Wh/kg -- with a plan to advance to 330 WH/kg -- and the US Department of Energy is also efforting to make 500 Wh/kg cells.

Alan Greenshields, the chairman of Innolith, told The Verge that his company, and the high-density, lithium-ion batteries, are going to accelerate the mainstream interest in EVs.

“It’s a big jump,” he told the site here. “It’s basically, in rough numbers, four times the current state-of-the-art for lithium-ion. Roughly three times what is generally accepted as being the next improvement in lithium. And it’s two times the energy density target [that] organizations like the US Department of Energy have set. So this is a big deal.”

Innolith said that is set to bring the battery to market in Germany -- and potentially India thereafter -- as part of it initial release plans. It added that it could take as much as five years to develop and commercialize the product for the masses, meaning it may not be the revolution it proclaims until at least 2022.

The major change for this battery versus the current lithium-ion packs is that Innolith is going to replace the organic solvent that contains the electrolytes in the battery with an inorganic substance that has shown to be more stable, and less flammable.

“That’s the first time ever that a rechargeable lithium battery using inorganic electrolytes has been commercially deployed,” Greenshields said.

"And that does two things for you, One is it gets rid of your fire risk, so, of course, there’s nothing to burn. And the second part is you’ve also got rid of the most reactive components in the system, which makes it easier to build a battery where you can pack in a lot of energy without the thing becoming unstable.”

Innolith has licensed its battery technology to PJM Grid which is looking to produce its 'GridBank' batter inside of the United States at its Hagerstown, Maryland facility.

This is not the first time that Greenshields has claimed to be part of a rapid acceleration in technology. Prior to Innolith he was the CTO for Swiss-battery maker, Alevo. That company filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and was reborn as Innolith.

The current target for battery makers in the United State is a goal of over 330 miles; if Innolith can prove correct it could immediately make EVs more viable to the masses in America.

To learn more about Innolith, view its website here.