According to a study published in the journal Nature, Chinese scientists have developed an electrolyte design that can increase the charging speed and extend the operating temperature of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, Xinhua reports.

This new design allows lithium-ion batteries to achieve reversibility when the cells are charged and discharged over a wide temperature range from minus 70 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius.

According to the study, lithium-ion batteries can also be charged and discharged in just 10 minutes at room temperature.

According to Fan Xiulin, a lecturer at Zhejiang University's School of Materials Science and Engineering, the charging speed, operating temperature and safety of lithium-ion batteries are complex issues for the further development of electric vehicles.

Lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles require high density, fast charging and a wide operating temperature range, the study noted.

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With this new electrolyte design, lithium-ion batteries can reach 80% charge within 10 minutes, Fan said, BTA reports.

Fan's team develops solvent screening strategies, selecting 23 from tens of thousands of solvents to prepare electrolytes for testing in lithium-ion batteries.

After four years of research, they found the optimal electrolyte formula.

According to the scientists, this new achievement will further promote the development of ecological and low-carbon energy.

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