Graphene is to be used in the mass production of electric car batteries in China in 2015, the state broadcaster China National Radio reports.
The research and development of graphene expanded quickly after it was first produced in the lab in 2004 by two scientists from the University of Manchester. A big breakthrough was achieved on Dec. 4 when the so-called super battery for electric vehicles which charges in eight minutes due to the graphene polymer technology was released by Spanish company Graphenano and the University of Cordoba in Spain.
US electric car company Tesla Motors announced the launch of the Roadster 3.0 on Dec. 26, 2014. The 3.0 version of the car uses graphene in the production of the battery, which increases its energy storage capacity significantly. The battery range improves by 50% which enables the 3.0 version to travel 644 km on one charge, a non-stop drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles, according to Tesla.
China has established several graphene development bases in Chongqing, Wuxi, Nanjing and Qingdao. But graphene researchers said that the development in China is mainly to apply graphene to existing lithium-ion batteries rather than using the graphene to make the battery itself.
The country’s 13th five-year plan (2016-2020) may include graphene development, said Li Yichun, president of the Chinese Graphene Technology Strategic Alliance.