Graphene is becoming a material that is more widely known and used in various industries across the world, but one of the main breakthroughs it has been used for is in the manufacturing of car batteries. The reason graphene has been utilized in so many circumstances has a lot to do with its rapid charging ability, its ability to work under extremely high temperatures, and its increased levels of charge cycles. The increase in electric car sales across the world is creating a demand that leading auto manufacturers must address if they want to stay in the game and one of the ways they can do this is by using graphene.
A recent report published by Allied Market Research states that the graphene battery market would create revenue of around $115 million by 2022, which is largely down to three main trends: the 3D printing of graphene batteries, graphene battery supercharging, and the fact that Tesla may soon include graphene in their batteries. By using 3D printing technology to print graphene, not only are companies saving money on materials and manufacturing costs, but they are also creating a product that is more efficient than what is currently available.
The graphene battery’s ability to act as a supercharger is another fantastic feature of it. Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a way to charge an iPhone faster than anyone thought possible through the use of a graphene battery. It takes just 5 seconds to fully charge an iPhone with a graphene supercapacitor connected and 30 seconds for a MacBook. In terms of cars, the equivalent would be taking the same time to full charge the car as it does to fill it with fuel.
Finally, the third big trend that will make a big contribution to the collected revenue of the graphene battery market is the fact that one of the biggest names in the electric car industry right now, Tesla, may start to use graphene to develop their batteries. This would give graphene the kind of marketing it deserves. Being a better conductor than copper, transparent, and around 200 times stronger than steel, graphene is by far a better choice than anything else that is out there for making batteries. So, it’s hard to see Tesla not adapting to the use of graphene, but only time will tell. Andrew Thomas/TrendInTech