Brine could power future electric vehicles

US engineers claim to have found a key ingredient in battery materials which could revolutionise electric vehicles – brine. Californian researchers are turning hot brine into lithium to help power […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

US engineers claim to have found a key ingredient in battery materials which could revolutionise electric vehicles – brine.

Californian researchers are turning hot brine into lithium to help power batteries for electric cars in the future.

Simbol Materials, the company that developed the technique, claims there is an “electric vehicle revolution” underway.  Ajit Venkatraman, Vice President of  Engineering and Operations said: “There is going to be a huge demand for battery materials in the future.”

Envia Systems, the technology manufacturer, expects electric vehicles to be more affordable in the future by developing batteries that are cheaper, lighter and longer-lasting.

Atul Kapadia, CEO of the company told the BBC: “What we have made encapsulates a lot more energy in a battery. These batteries will go in cars, they will make the cars cheaper, they’ll make them safer and they will increase the range of these cars. And our dependency on gas, foreign oil will go down dramatically.”