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Nobel Prize in Chemistry: From phones to Tesla cars, lithium-ion batteries come of age

The Li-ion technology is currently the best performing technology for energy storage based on batteries. NEW DELHI: Be it smartphones, notebooks or electric cars, lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our world, laying the foundation for a wireless, fossil fuel-free society, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said on Wednesday while awarding the 2019 Nobel prize in Chemistry to John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino. Going forward, smartphones will sport graphene batteries that charge swiftly, and will mark a quantum leap from the fast charging technologies and the current default of lithium-ion batteries. When it comes to electric cars, Elon Musk-run Tesla has achieved great deal of efficacy in this field and is now aiming to create a lithium-ion battery that can run a car or an electric truck for over 16 lakh kms. A new research paper from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada has claimed the Jeff Dahn-led team is close to creating a lithium-ion battery that can run a car for over 1 million (over 16 lakh) miles. For more than a decade, Tesla engineers have been obsessed with making the world's most efficient electric vehicles. As a result, Tesla vehicles already travel farther on a single charge than any other production EV on the market.

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