Water May Hold the Key to High-Performance Electric Cars

Despite big advances in technology, electric vehicles still struggle to deliver the same acceleration and performance that traditional gas engine vehicles crank out. Automotive engineers may have found a solution to the performance gap, and it may be as simple as a little quality H20.

High-Performance Electric Cars

Although electric automobiles have come a long way from the days when they were little more than glorified golf carts, many still struggle to generate the same acceleration as efficiently as traditional gas engines can. Researchers at North Carolina State University recently discovered a way to use water to improve battery storage and facilitate more rapid energy transfer. The end result could be lighter weight batteries that are able to more quickly move energy to the drivetrain, allowing for faster acceleration.

The researchers at North Carolina State University compared two materials, a crystalline tungsten oxide, and a layered crystalline tungsten oxide hydrate in which the layers were divided by atom-thin layers of water. The researchers found that during short charging periods of just 12 seconds, the layered crystalline tungsten oxide hydrate was more efficient in storing energy.

Researchers believe that, by using atom-thin layers of water, they can improve ion transportation, allowing them to develop a battery that could store greater amounts of energy and quickly move that energy to increase vehicle performance.

This new technological application is in its infancy, and researchers will next examine how the water layer can be perfected to handle various uses for lithium-ion batteries. Should testing be successful, this breakthrough could offer yet another step in the path to making electric cars more affordable and desirable.

Chevrolet Electric Vehicles

Chevrolet has been in the forefront of electric vehicle development, pioneering one of the first commercially viable electric cars, the Chevy Bolt. Today, owners of the Chevy Bolt, which first went on sale in December 2016, have racked up more than 4.5 million miles on the road. Chevrolet estimates the 3,500 Bolts currently on the road have already had a huge environmental impact, saving over 175,000 gallons of gasoline.

Chevrolet Electric Vehicles

Range has been a stumbling block to the development of the electric vehicle, but the Chevy Bolt’s 238-mile range has silenced many naysayers. The range of the vehicle was the result of many years of research into battery and related technologies by Chevy engineers and other researchers. The Bolt is currently available for sale in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, and Virginia. Chevy will debut the vehicle nationwide in summer 2017.

Chevrolet is excited by the research being performed at North Carolina State University and hopes to incorporate new innovations to provide more reliable, better performing, and safer electric vehicles.

Community Chevy provides consumers with the latest Chevy cars, including eco-friendly vehicles, and the dealership looks forward to introducing Indiana drivers to the Bolt. Chevy has been on the forefront of electric vehicle research, and Community Chevy prides itself on offering the latest eco-friendly, quality Chevy products at its Spencer dealership. Call us today at (812-829-4843.