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Posted by E-bike Lovers on February 4, 2023 - Latest revision April 7, 2023  Reading time: minutes remaining

Solid-state Batteries: Unlocking the Potential of Electric Bicycles

Solid-state batteries are an emerging technology in the energy storage world and offer a range of potential benefits for electric bicycles. These batteries are composed of solid materials rather than liquid electrolytes, providing higher energy densities, improved charging capability, and superior safety features. Solid-state batteries would make excellent electric bicycle batteries if they were available.

When can we expect solid-state batteries for electric bicycles?

The automotive industry drives battery innovation. BMW, Volta Energy Technologies, and Ford have invested $130 million in Solid Power from Colorado to develop all-solid-state batteries using the company’s sulfide-based solid electrolyte and cell design. Earlier this year, the Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) program received $42 million in funding from the US government. The University of Maryland is one of the recipients of EVs4ALL.

Of the three research programs awarded to the university under EVs4ALL, the “Fast-Charge, High-Energy-Density, Solid-State Battery” program is particularly interesting to the e-biking community.  Under the grant, the university is finding ways to increase the charge/discharge rate capability, energy density, and operating temperature range of solid-state batteries. These advances would significantly improve the operability of electric bicycles compared to e-bicycles with traditional lithium batteries.

Solid-state batteries are an emerging technology in the field of energy storage, and they have the potential to provide several benefits for electric bicycles

1

Faster Charging

Solid-state batteries allow for faster charging times compared to traditional lithium batteries. Imagine a world in which we can charge an e-bike in 10 minutes instead of overnight. It would be a game changer for commuting and long-distance cycling.

2

Longer Life Span

Solid-state batteries have a longer lifecycle and can be charged more times than traditional batteries before they degrade. This would result in reduced maintenance costs and longer battery life for electric bicycles.

3

Increased Safety

Solid-state batteries use solid electrodes and electrolytes, which are less prone to leaks, fires, and thermal runaway than traditional liquid or gel-based batteries. 

4

Higher Energy Density

Solid-state batteries have a higher energy density. They can store more energy in a smaller and lighter package. This is especially important for electric bicycles, as it allows for longer ranges and reduced weight.

It is difficult to predict exactly when solid-state batteries will become available for electric bicycles, as the development and commercialization of solid-state technology are still in the early stages.

An AI-rendered artistic interpretation of a futuristic solid-state battery for an electric bicycle - E-bike Lovers.

However, solid-state batteries are a promising advancement for the electric bicycle industry due to their potential for higher energy density, lower risk of fire, and improved performance in colder temperatures.

Conclusion

Solid-state battery technology will first be adopted in high-end electric vehicles before becoming more widespread in smaller electric vehicles. It will take some time for the technology to trickle down to electric bicycles.

If you're in the market for an electric bicycle, put the brakes on waiting for solid-state batteries. It could be years, or even a decade before they become widely available. In the meantime, enjoy the ride with the trusty lithium-ion batteries that have been powering electric bicycles for years. 

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