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Could You Recharge Your eVTOL Batteries in 6 Minutes?

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Using a System of Systems (SoS) approach, Nyobolt may have found a critical key to implementing profitable, practical advanced air mobility. (Image copyright and courtesy MIT.)

UK-based Nyobolt claims it has developed the technology to charge an EV capable of traveling 155 miles after just six minutes of charging. Compare that to some slow-charging technologies that can take a car up to 14 hours to charge.

Led by St. John’s College Engineering, PhD, Dr. Sai Shivareddy and Cambridge University Professor Clare Grey, the company believes it has conquered one of the most tedious and time-consuming aspects of owning and operating an EV.

When implemented, the technology will last through more than 2,500 fast-charging cycles according to Nyobolt. Using its proprietary battery management system (BMS), systems integration, proprietary anode materials, and commercially available state-of-the-art electrolyte and cathode components could be the holy grail of rapid-charging batteries facilitating the implementation of profitable air taxi operations.

The company “developed smaller battery packs to deliver more power enabling them to charge in less time,” Dr. Shivareddy explains. The battery system claims a wider temperature range than current EV technology minimizing the possibility of the batteries catching fire. Nyobolt expects to be able to scale-up for commercial production sometime in 2024.

While Nyobolt’s rapid-charge technology is focused on trucks, automobiles, and buses, it’s not much of a stretch to see how this tech could one day be applied to eVTOLs reducing operating costs and increasing profitability for UAM service providers.

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Nanci Mora