The New Alchemy of Better Electric Car Battery Chemistry

Researcher investigate new battery chemistries
The new science of electric car batteries

Electric Car Battery Chemistry – ( Solar Thermal Magazine)

In a remote research centre, at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology researchers are experimenting with new chemical compounds to develop the battery of the future. The team is hoping that fluoride-ion technology will allow future batteries to be able to save much more energy than previously known.

The electric car industry depends on development of future batteries and this team is hopeful that we will soon see batteries that allow electric car ranges of 500 km or more per charge. This freedom from fossil fuels and emissions is already allowing some very creative designs for a variety of electric vehicles.

electric car battery research leading to better electric cars

Most of the battery technology available to consumers today is either lead acid ( very old chemistry) or lithium ion. There are many other types of battery chemistry in use and many more being investigated like this flouride-ion.

Better batteries for electric cars are on the horizon

Electric car designs are getting cooler everyday

For any considering a career in chemistry or chemical engineering this is a fascinating and rewarding field.

About the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the largest and most prestigious research and education institutions in Germany known for its high quality of research work around the world


About Gordon Smith
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.


  • CHEMISTRY! Meaning CHANGE. Changing the molecular structures of the based materials. “Flourine-ion” for batterychemistry?
    In more than four decades of research and innovation on energies (Transport/Land/Sea Fuels), wet batteries for automotive and industrial was powered by various forms of chemicals. To name a few: Bismuth, Zinc sulfate, Copper sulfate, Cadmium, Lithium, Fluorine, Peroxide/ Phosphoric /Citric acids, etc, etc… In the 1990’s formulas have been changing due for improvements of the performance and economics of the battery and of course to upgrade based on the designs from the battery manufacturers to meet standards and compatibility. This millennium year it is about environment-friendly chemicals to be used. Regardless whether it is workable, viable and effective! Fluorine based? Yes we are using fluorine from plants depending on the demand of times. NOT TO DEMANDS OF END-USER All truth passes through three Stages:
    First, it is ridiculed; Secondly, it is violently opposed; and Thirdly, it is accepted as self-evident. Human progress always has been slow because people are reluctant to accept new ideas —anything that is new it is subject to suspicion and doubt. — Vick Anthonio L. Medel (1952-1976)

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