Six-minute charge car

Concept car uses new battery technology with a charge time of six minutes

Concept vehicle uses battery technology that has extremely low recharge times

Nyobolt is showcasing a vehicle that can charge fully and repeatedly in less than 6 minutes – a new record in automotive electrification. The company’s vision is to resolve the core problems at the heart of the EV industry that are hindering the widespread adoption of electric cars globally.

Currently, matching today’s convenience of petrol refuelling has been impossible to achieve in EVs. As a result, most electric vehicle batteries are big, heavy and costly, with EV costs unreachable for some buyers and with vehicles often weighing over two tonnes. The requirement for heavy EV battery packs places a huge strain on the supply of battery raw materials.

Nyobolt is now showing that this is no longer the case due to a new battery technology that is smaller and lighter and can also be fully charged in just six minutes, with a range of up to 250 km. This breakthrough translates to a nimbler, more efficient EV with a lower up-front cost, lower running costs and lower use of scarce raw material.

The Nyobolt EV weighs closer to one tonne than two, uses a 35kWh battery and is capable of fully charging with up to 250km range in under 6 mins with existing charging infrastructure.

Nyobolt has tested its batteries for over 2,000 fast charge cycles without significant performance loss – paving the way for the development of ultra-efficient and lightweight EVs.

Moreover, Nyobolt technology is not limited to small batteries. Larger packs, e.g., batteries as large as those employed in any luxury EV, truck or bus used today, can also be made and could be charged in a few minutes, once 1MW chargers become available.

Callum Partnership

When considering a car that illustrated the benefit of fast charging and higher uptime, Nyobolt decided to work with renowned designer Julian Thomson, who was inspired by his design of the Lotus Elise. The design vision was to evolve it into a car with even greater presence and exaggerated proportions – making it wider, longer, lower.

With CALLUM and Nyobolt working hand-in-hand, a system-level approach has addressed each element from materials, to cell, to pack, to drivetrain and to the whole vehicle. The final collaborative design therefore reflects the original vehicle’s premise of a high power-to-weight ratio within an exquisite package.

Primed for rapid scale-up

Nyobolt’s ready-to-deploy technology, which will go into production in early 2024 with proven lithium-ion technology that is capable of immediate application and rapid scale-up.

Sai Shivareddy, CEO at Nyobolt, said: “Unlocking the challenges faced by electric vehicle designers has been key to the development of our fast-charging batteries. Previously, enabling a light weight fast-charging vehicle was not possible without compromising its lifetime and so people have been relying on costly and large battery packs in the vehicle.”

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