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article imageToshiba announces new SCIB battery with ultra-rapid recharging

By Karen Graham     Oct 9, 2017 in Technology
Toshiba engineers have cracked the Holy Grail of electric vehicle batteries by creating a Li-ion battery variation that just might deliver on not only a long range of travel but a really short recharge time.
The Toshiba SCiB (Super Charge Ion Battery) is a highly safe rechargeable battery with six outstanding characteristics. The current SCIB uses lithium titanium oxide (LTO) in its anode to achieve a number of solutions, including safety, long life, low-temperature performance, rapid charging, high input/output power and large effective capacity.
According to Toshiba's press release, a 32 kWh battery could deliver a range of 200 miles (320 km) for a compact car. And while the SCIB has been around since 2007, the latest upgrade, announced the other day allow EVs to travel three times as far as they do now and then be fully recharged again in a matter of about five minutes.
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The SCIB also boasts of having a battery life of about 10 years and has a high level of safety from fire or explosion. The SCIB can be found in a number of EVs, including Mitsubishi's i MiEV and Honda's Fit EV.
The big news from Toshiba is the different material used in the battery's anode. Where previously, lithium titanium oxide was used, they have come up with something even better - Their next-generation SCiB uses a new material for the anode called titanium niobium oxide.
Toshiba was able to arrange the materials in such a way a crystal structure was formed that can store lithium ions more efficiently. creating double the energy density. The new battery has been tested not only for efficiency but for safety and a long life cycle, retaining more than 90 percent of its capacity after 5,000 charge cycles.
The little Japanese Mitsubishi i-MiEv has ballooned for the North American market.
The little Japanese Mitsubishi i-MiEv has ballooned for the North American market.
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Toshiba says the new battery will have a range of 320 kilometers (186 miles) after a quick-charge of just six minutes. This is said to be about three times the range offered by standard lithium-ion batteries. "We are very excited by the potential of the new titanium niobium oxide anode and the next-generation SCiBTM," says Dr. Osamu Hori, Director of Corporate Research & Development Center at Toshiba Corporation.
"Rather than an incremental improvement, this is a game-changing advance that will make a significant difference to the range and performance of EV. We will continue to improve the battery's performance and aim to put the next-generation SCiBTM into practical application in fiscal year 2019."
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