In a development that could help speed up the widespread adoption of hybrid vehicles, researchers at MIT have announced the development of a new car battery technology that allows for 10-minute charging and discharging. Known as a lithium nickel manganese oxide battery, it is being touted as an alternative to the current technology used in hybrids, nickel metal hydride. The MIT scientists were able to achieve the rapid charging by synthesizing a material with a more orderly structure than regular lithium nickel manganese oxide, which usually impedes the necessary flow of lithium ions. Besides cars, other potential uses for the new battery include tools, bikes/scooters, and serving as a backup for green energy sources.

[Via Personal Tech Pipeline]

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MIT researchers invent new hybrid car battery