Lamborghini Wants To Replace Batteries With Supercapacitors On Its Electric Cars
Aadhya Khatri - Nov 07, 2019
Supercapacitors have some great benefits over traditional batteries. Their energy density is greater, and they can discharge and charge faster
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Lamborghini is expanding into the market of electric and hybrid cars, but unlike other companies before it, it does not want the vehicles to run on batteries. That is why the automaker from Italy has collaborated with MIT to make supercapacitors.
The project started three years ago and they have tested the tech on the Terzo Millenio concept car and the Lamborghini Sián. But now, they have just filed a patent for some materials that can enable supercapacitors.
Supercapacitors have some great benefits over traditional batteries. Their energy density is greater, and they can discharge and charge faster.
Lamborghini’s patent mentions “metal-organic frameworks,” a molecule family that suits for supercapacitors’ electrodes. These electrodes will make materials with larger surface area, meaning the electric charge they can store is bigger.
On the Lamborghini Sián, the supercapacitor can provide enough power for the vehicle to run at a low speed.
Lamborghini Aventador’s successor will probably is hybrid, so it is possible that we will see these vehicles draw power from supercapacitors. According to the company, its first electric car will be launched in 2025. However, we will not see an application of the tech on them as they will reportedly be built on the Volkswagen Group Premium Platform Electric, just like Audi E-Tron GT and Porsche Taycan, which means it still runs on the traditional battery.
Lamborghini seems to be serious about this project and the idea of electric cars. Apart from looking for ways to create supercapacitors, the company also experiments with some new materials. The Terzo Millenio concept has skin that can self-heal and keep electricity. The company has also sent samples of carbon fiber to the ISS to test its durability in extreme conditions.