EV: Why thorough testing of battery components is vital

Range anxiety is one of the biggest issues facing electric vehicles (EVs), with uncertainty surrounding the distance that can be travelled before recharging is required.

Another concern is the possibility that the battery will combust in the event of a collision. This is because lithium, a highly reactive element most commonly used in the manufacturing of EV batteries, is prone to catching fire in certain conditions.

Lithium-ion batteries are already very efficient. So, what will it take to improve this? In the context of an EV, this may include a longer range, faster charging times, and an extended lifespan.

Alternatives to lithium-ion batteries include sodium-ion – with sodium being far easier to source than lithium at a lower cost; and solid-state batteries, which use a solid electrolyte that might be more expensive than lithium but offers improved safety and performance.

DG Innovate plc (LON:DGI) is an advanced research and development company pioneering sustainable and environmentally considerate improvements to electric mobility and storage, using abundant materials and the best engineering and scientific practices.

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