EV ‘holy grail’ unlocked with launch of six-minute charge car

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Nyobolt, the UK-based developer of ultra-fast-charging batteries, has announced a new record in automotive electrification with an EV that charges fully in under 6 minutes. Weighing closer to one tonne than two, using a 35kWh battery, and capable of fully charging in under 6 mins (with existing charging infrastructure), the Nyobolt EV has a range of up to 250km on a single charge.

Working with renowned designer Julian Thomson, who was inspired by his design of the Lotus Elise, the vision was to evolve a car with greater presence and exaggerated proportions – making it wider, longer, lower – while maintaining an aggressive attitude and hunkered, bold stance reminiscent of the original. As a friend of the brand, Thomson invited design and engineering business Callum to collaborate in the development and in bring it to life. The resulting EV showcases how Nyobolt’s revolutionary battery technology can be readily adopted across the automotive industry.

Nyobolt has tested its batteries for over 2,000 fast charge cycles without significant performance loss – paving the way for the development of ultra-efficient and lightweight EVs. The technology is not limited to small batteries. Larger packs, e.g., batteries as large as those employed in any luxury EV, truck or bus used today, can also be made and could be charged in a few minutes, once 1MW chargers become available.

 “Unlocking the challenges faced by electric vehicle designers has been key to the development of our breakthrough fast-charging batteries,” said Sai Shivareddy, CEO at Nyobolt. “Previously, enabling a light weight fast-charging vehicle was not possible without compromising its lifetime and so people have been relying on large, costly and battery packs. With our unique technology we have achieved a six-minute charge car, and developed smaller battery packs that can deliver more power and charge in less time.”

Nyobolt’s ready-to-deploy technology, which will go into production in early 2024, unlocks this ‘holy grail’ through a proven 10C (six-minute) charge lithium-ion technology that is capable of immediate application and rapid scale-up.

“Nyobolt’s pioneering battery technology has provided us with a unique and inspiring opportunity to support in the design and execution of a vehicle set to mark the way forward for EV technology,” said David Fairbairn, managing director at Callum. “The collaborative creativity, engineering capabilities and steadfast efforts of Nyobolt, Julian Thomson and Callum have resulted in an EV that is not only exciting technically for the industry, but something that is beautiful to behold, too.”

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Wesley Doyle is editor of Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Stadia. He has over two-decades experience in publishing during which time he has worked at some of the UK’s leading consumer magazine titles in the health and fitness and sport sectors. Wesley is also passionate about cycling and interested in alternative technologies, particularly in transportation, to achieve net zero.

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