Vehicles | April 5, 2019 9:00 am

A Startup Says Its EV Battery Can Go Over 600 Miles on One Charge

That’s almost double the current king, the Tesla Model S

The two biggest problems with EVs, from where we’re sitting? The mediocre range on a single charge, which most are aware of, and the fires, which are less common but much more concerning.

Swiss startup Innolith claims it is solving both with the development of the world’s first 1,000 Wh/kg rechargeable battery. As The Verge writes, “A battery with that density would be capable of powering an electric car for 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) on a single charge.”

By comparison, the $76K Tesla Model S has an industry-leading range of 335 miles. The much lauded 2019 Jaguar I-Pace? Just 234 miles on the battery alone. So we’re talking almost double the best EV available and absolutely smoking everyone else.

And speaking of smoking, in Innolith’s press release, the company notes “the Innolith Energy Battery will be the first non-flammable lithium-based battery for use in EVs.” To achieve this, they’re replacing the traditional organic material present in “wet” batteries with an inorganic electrolyte.

When will we see it? As The Verge writes, it’s likely “the company’s battery won’t be ready to go to market until 2022 at the earliest.” And as we’ve seen with solid-state batteries, promising EV tech has gone up in flames before.

That said, a longer-range EV isn’t a matter of if, but when.

Main photo by MikesPhotos from Pixabay