There are serious safety concerns with the current lithium-ion batteries that are used in electric and hybrid vehicles. However, a research firm says that it has found a way to make a safer battery that can produce a longer driving range by utilizing a solid electrolyte instead of a liquid one.
Improving electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) says it has developed first high-performance nanostructured solid electrolyte. That is, a denser version of the liquid electrolyte currently in most batteries for EVs and hybrid vehicles. Electrolytes are used to conduct ions between the cathode and the lithium anode.