Miroslav Krstic (left) and UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow Scott Moura have developed estimation and control algorithms that improve the efficiency of lithium-ion batteries (Photo: Jacobs School of Engineering)
The single biggest factor hindering the convenience, and therefore the adoption, of electric vehicles is the batteries used to power them. While filling up an ICE vehicle takes just a few minutes at the pump, electric vehicle recharge times are measured in hours. Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed new algorithms that improve the efficiency of existing lithium-ion batteries and could allow them to be charged twice as fast than is currently possible.
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