Lamborghini has released a concept model of their new Terzo Millennio sports car, and it could revolutionize how we look at electric vehicles. Working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), they’ve been looking into energy storage systems that would increase their effectiveness. This combined with the right materials could create a futuristic vehicle that’s continuing to change the EV reputation.
Fully electric vehicles typically rely on lithium-ion batteries. They have plenty of advantages, including an extremely low self-discharge rate, but there’s issues that remain. Perhaps the biggest complaint is how far EVs can travel. Some new models can get over 300 miles per charge, but the average still rests below that.
Instead of using a traditional li-ion battery, Lamborghini will be opting for supercapacitors in the Terzo Millennio. They provide higher performance with benefits such as charging and releasing energy quicker and they last longer. Similar to a laptop or cell phone battery, the capacity gets smaller in them after every charge. That degrading feature is minimal in a supercapacitor.