UK Startup Nyobolt Offers 80% Charging In Under 5 Minutes

A car that can charge up to 80% in under 5 minutes? Yes, please. UK startup Nyobolt is taking its high-power density, fast-charging battery technology from the lab into the real world by revealing the first running Nyobolt EV prototype.

Designed and engineered with British design firm CALLUM, the Nyobolt EV will be used to both validate the company’s battery performance in a high-performance environment, as well as allow car makers to witness an elevated customer experience where inconvenient charging downtime is thing of the past.

Founded in 2019, Cambridge-based Nyobolt has leveraged its next-generation patented carbon and metal oxide anode materials, innovative low impedance cell design, integrated power electronics and software controls to create power-dense battery and charging systems. These support the electrification of high-uptime industrial and automotive applications such as heavy-duty off-highway trucks, EVs, robotics and consumer devices that demand high power and quick recharge cycles.

Initial in-vehicle testing this month using powerful 350kW (800V) DC fast chargers has already confirmed that Nyobolt EV’s 50Ah 35kWh battery can be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent in four minutes 37 seconds – with a full 100 percent charge enabling the prototype to achieve a range of 155 WLTP miles. That is twice the speed of most of the fastest-charging vehicles today. Furthermore, as the first four minutes are at a constant current of 500A, this would provide 120 miles of range.

CARLIST THOUGHTS

Nyobolt is offering battery tech and charging infrastructure that the world has been crying out for since production EVs arrived on the scene in 2011 with the first mass-produced EV—Nissan’s Leaf. If most carmakers could deliver reasonably priced, good-looking EVs that had range of over 500kms and could charge up to 80% in under 5 minutes, well, we think EV sales worldwide would take off.

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