A novel graphite for better electric car batteries
By 2040, about 55 % of all new cars sold are expected to be electric vehicles (EVs). To make the lithium-ion batteries on which EVs run, 800 000 tonnes of lithium will be needed. At this level of demand, lithium supplies will run out within 17 years. A promising alternative are aluminium-based rechargeable batteries (AIBs), but they lack an efficient cathode material. A good solution is to use graphitic material for the cathodes, but current graphitic cathodes have design flaws. The EU-funded GAIBs project will develop a rapid synthesis protocol to create a novel graphite for more efficient current cathodes. This will open the way to more durable and sustainable batteries for EVs.
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