Developed by Swiss startup Morand, eTechnology has the potential to completely change the rules of the electric vehicle market. The proposed solution is traction batteries, which can be charged to 80% in just 72 seconds – many times faster than traditional lithium-ion batteries and even faster than filling up a traditional car with fuel. This speed will contribute to the universal adoption of electric transport.
According to the American Petroleum Institute (API), it takes the average ICE car owner two minutes to refuel the car. The new eTechnology hybrid system cuts that time by almost half – fast charging could play a big part in public acceptance of electric vehicles. Another benefit, according to Morand, is that eTechnology offers a much longer battery life than traditional lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles today.
According to the startup, during the tests, a prototype of the eTechnology solution – three modules, each with 2.4 kWh and a voltage of 400 V – was able to charge 80% in 72 seconds, 98% in 120 seconds and 100% in 2 will. 5 minutes (900A/360kW). Geo Technology also conducted independent testing. Such a high charging speed is provided by a hybrid system that uses both conventional battery technologies and supercapacitors.
According to Morand, the company has tested the eTechnology prototype for more than 50,000 charge cycles, far more than conventional lithium-ion batteries can handle. The company also claims that the technology is effective even at extremely low and high temperatures, which also compares favorably to traditional EV batteries.
While these results certainly do not apply to batteries with a capacity of 100 kWh or more used in long-range vehicles, Morand says the technology is optimal for small city cars like the Citroën Ami with a battery capacity of 5.5 kW.h . The technology could also be useful for drones and e-bikes, which recharge almost instantly.
The Swiss startup is working with undisclosed partners to bring the technology to market. These batteries are expected to be more expensive than lithium-ion batteries, but as production increases, the potentially revolutionary technology will come down in price. Morand was founded by former F1 driver and team manager Benoît Morand, who was instrumental in the development of the Hope Racing Oreco 01 Hybrid prototype. The company’s goal is to integrate racing technology into everyday solutions.