Using graphene to reduce ‘range anxiety’ for EV looks to be a real possibility. Bengaluru-based Log 9 Materials is one such start-up that has been working hard to solve the ‘range anxiety’ of battery-run vehicles.
“Start-ups innovate with new battery tech to provide a range of over 1,000 km. 2019 promises a lot for electric vehicles (EVs) as this is the year when many of the leading carmakers, like Hyundai, Audi and Mercedes will be electrifying their products for the Indian market.
But apart from them, there are many start-ups that are working towards improvisation of electric vehicles, especially in increasing the range and providing quicker charging solutions for these vehicles.
Started by a few IIT graduates, Bengaluru-based Log 9 Materials is one such start-up that has been working hard to solve the ‘range anxiety’ of battery-run vehicles. It is an IIT-Roorkee spin-off working in the nanotechnology domain.
Graphene, new kid on the block
The company focusses on Graphene Nanotechnology, with an aim to innovate and develop end-user commercial applications of the wonder material ‘graphene’, says Akshay Singhal, Founder of Log 9 Materials.
Talking about his innovation, 25-year-old Singhal says metal-air battery is a technology being driven by Log 9 to revolutionise clean energy generation. Metal-air battery, powered by water, air and metal, is a primary energy generation technology quite similar to a fuel cell.
It uses graphene to make the batteries commercially viable and economical.
Conventional lithium-ion batteries store energy rather than generating it. Thus, if one takes the example of an EV, the car has a range of 100-150 km post which it has to be charged, which in itself takes 5-6 hours. But this battery technology has 10x more energy density which will provide a range of more than 1,000 km, post which the metal can be replaced within minutes.
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