This New Battery Tech Will Change Electric Cars

Published 2022-07-16
Many of the reasons people avoid EVs could start vanishing thanks to this technology.

0:00 New EV Battery Tech
0:33 New Kinds of Lithium-Ion Batteries
2:15 Sodium Ion Batteries
3:40 Solid State Batteries
4:28 Solid State Battery Performance
5:16 Solid Power
5:58 Quantumscape
6:50 Should You Wait To Buy an Electric Car
8:03 The EV That Works For You

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All Comments (21)
  • Bandrik
    Good to hear that new battery tech is indeed coming. Also, delightfully candid and pragmatic advice. I appreciate that. ^^
  • John Knight
    Glad you made that point at the end. People keep pitching an EV by itself as the only scenario, but many households have two or more cars. If you have a cheap second hand petrol car on standby -- perhaps something of a very different form factor to the EV -- then you can use that other car for the scenarios your electric car doesn't handle well. Something like a cheap Japanese station wagon could work really well.
  • The Car Guy
    The question I am asking myself lately is this;
    If cost wasn’t an issue what chemistry could yield the most power dense ?
  • mattheviewer
    Kudos on info here. Glad to here mention of waiting to let new tech "gel", especially since auto companies are proving very bad at repairing/supporting the many intermittent glitches the products are showing (both my brothers' Lexus and my Subaru are glitchy, with dealer techs saying they can only fix problems if the systems flat out fail).
  • seanC3i
    As a single person who only keeps one car, I wish there were more range extended electrics. A car that can run on electricity for short journeys and use a generator to keep going on epic road trips would be ... well ... epic. Too bad the only two such cars ever made, the BMW i3 REX and some GM model, are out of production.
  • Iquey
    Adding a ceramic layer to solid state battery packs reminds me of how fancy hair straighteners often incorporate ceramics to distribute heat evenly and prevent hair damage, as well as create ions that help hair stay dry, but not fried, but also not frizz up if there's ambient moisture around.
  • Iquey
    These packs should come with the EV as an external add on. That way you can fill up the battery while you go to work, and then when you come home it's already full. Then you can just switch it out when you return, and don't have to worry about having your car hooked up to your house's electrical grid all night.
  • Mark Becker
    Excellent points. I shared this video with my EV-procrastinator friends ("need 500 mile range," "must be AWD," etc.) We bought a Kia Niro EV three years ago and just love it (despite only a 275 mile range and FWD). An added bonus - here in Oregon public facilities such as libraries, fair grounds, and public utility districts offer free charging. Why wait!
  • Eastman Webb
    Excellent video. You answered everything I wanted to know, especially the timeframe for these new technologies.
  • Ska Bob
    These will keep improving every few years. Some of these big ideas may not pan out but each generation of batteries will last longer, cost less and give more range at the same size/weight as the previous batteries. My old boss had one of the original big brick cell phones, the battery lasted 45-60 minutes of use and not even a full day on standby. He had to keep 2-3 batteries at the office, 1 in the phone, and 2 charging and the battery it self must have weighed 1 lb and they could only be recharged a few hundred times.
  • Terrance Blount
    Brian’s always spot on here. Love your work in the auto segment and smart take. 🙏🏽
  • David Tuttle
    I love Brian's videos. They fill me with hope for the future.
  • Trevor G Welch
    We all need Brian to do more humorous car reviews .
  • Matthew Manzi
    I hope we new solid state batteries start being massed produced soon but it's unlikely as it is harder to go from lab to production then people think and the cost is likely to be much higher then conventional batteries. Sodium ion could be useful in large storage but not vehicles as sodium batteries have very high volumetric densities that keep it from being a good option. They can be a good option for grid storage though. It will be years before we see significant production however.
  • YT
    In 2015 I bought a Mitsubishi MEIV. I didn’t worry too much about the miserable range it had. It was a 2012 model forced on the Mitsubishi dealer close to me. It had 5712 miles on it when I bought it. It now has 22,000 miles on it and the only reason that I got it was I drove less than 10 miles per day. Obviously I had a regular fuel vehicle at my disposal should I need to go long range.
    It has been a great little car. It fulfilled everyone of my needs.
    The sticker I had made for the back window says the following. This electric vehicle is fueled by natural gas and coal. I’ve had people ask me where are you put the coal in.
    The manufacturer said that the mileage per charge was 66 miles and that is being generous. The AC unit and the heater work perfectly. The car was $32,000 new sticker and I paid $9000 for it. In my estimation currently a hybrid is the way to go and we have one of those as well actually it’s the second one we’ve had. Both of them have been Toyota.
  • Leon Ramkumar
    I like electric driving. Did a road trip to France via the channel tunnel during half term. There were plenty of good charge stops along the way, usually with toilets and coffee available, and I paid a lot less for charging than I would have with an equivalently powered petrol car, especially at almost €2 per litre! Overtaking on the motorway was also effortless. I doubt I'll get another diesel or petrol again.
  • Ashley Griggs
    We should start making spaces rockets with silicon heat shelds instead of grafight not going to work
  • Lou H
    Wonderfully organized and delivered information. Thank you.
  • There are lots of these ‘game changing battery’ videos around but I do wonder if solid state, when it finally arrives will only find niche applications. CATL, the world’s biggest battery maker have announced the Qilin battery will go into volume production in Q1 next year. The incremental improvements of existing chemistries make it harder for competing technologies to become the ‘game changers’ they claim. The Qilin is a cell to pack technology that will be made in two chemistries, in LFP form it has 160 Wh/kg at the pack level, the NMC version 255 Wh/kg. LFP as we know is safer, 30% cheaper to make having no manganese or cobalt in it and can reach 3,000 full charge cycles before much loss of is a true million km battery. The Qilin can also be charged from 20% to 80% in 10 minutes on a >100 kW least as fast as the more sophisticated 800v systems in top-spec cars. The consensus seems to be that most cars will use LFP to keep the costs down, while NMC will be used for high-end cars. In any event I would be happier with an LFP battery which would to all intents and purposes outlive the car. My Kia is of course NMC with a pack level energy density of 147 Wh/ you can see how things have changed in 4 years..LFP today is where NMC was 4 years ago. An e-Niro equivalent now with the Qilin LFP pack of the same weight would have a capacity of 73 Kwh, 9 KWh up on mine, be able to charge much faster, last longer and be safer. Unless solid state offerings can come in cheaper than LFP and save a lot of weight I find it difficult to see how they will be the game changers some people think.