Researchers at University of Illonois are in process of implementing Nanostructured materials into batteries. Professor Paul Braun has been working with his team to make a highly porus metal foams. These foams help battery to stores a sufficient amount of energy much faster. Nanostructured materials have been too hard to work with in the past, but now the technology is there.

Nissan Leaf battery (just as an illustration of an EV battery, they don't have this technology yet). Photo: Nissan

Batteries are the most used source of portable electricity today. In the last few years batteries have been making their way into car manufacturing business. People love the idea of not paying for gas, but having to wait six hours to charge a vehicle is a major turn off for many consumers.

This creates a critical demand for a battery that can charge much quicker.

Professor Paul Braun has a team of researchers who have helped him implement a new technology for faster charging. This technology consists of highly porous metal foams, which will provide a high electrical conductivity. If this technology works as planned, the charging stations will be able to charge electric cars within minutes.

The ability to charge an electric car faster than pumping gas will attract many consumers.

It is safe to say that this day will come soon, so most vehicles could be replaced with electrical vehicles.

Also consider Toyota just reached 1,000,000 Prius sales in the U.S. With this kind of demand electrical vehicles could rule the world in about ten to fifteen years.

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