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Hong KongDesten battery company revealed new technology with the ability to charge 0%-80% in less than 5 minutes.

Desten says the battery can be charged 0%-80% in 4 minutes and 40 seconds. Founded in 2015, Desten specializes in developing Lithium-ion batteries with products in the fields of energy storage and fast charging technology.

The prototype battery pack enables the electric vehicle to be charged with a capacity of up to 900 kW, which is about 3 times higher than the current high level, as in the Porsche Taycan at 270 kW.

Desten’s new technology will help electric vehicles to quickly charge in 5 minutes. Photo: Desten

Desten did not elaborate, but the battery is expected to be used in the upcoming Piëch GT from Swiss electric car maker Piëch. Piëch GT can be equipped with a 75 kWh battery with the ability to quickly charge in 5 minutes. The journey per charge will be 500 km.

According to Desten, the increased charging capacity will help reduce the charging time as well as the number of charging stations. The new batteries will also last longer with 3,000 charge cycles, maintaining 80% of their original capacity, with about 1.5 million km of operation.

Desten’s technology doesn’t even require battery cooling as the batteries only warm up enough during super-fast charging, with a temperature rise of just 15 degrees Celsius.

Desten's fast charging technology can be applied first on the Piëch GT electric sports car, expected to go on sale in 2024. Photo: Piëch

Desten’s fast charging technology can be applied first on the Piëch GT electric sports car, expected to go on sale in 2024. Photo: Piëch

Prior to Desten, Israel-based StoreDot had also developed a new lithium-ion battery, and Chinese manufacturer Eve Energy took on the role of making the battery on the standard line. StoreDot sets a goal of each 5-minute charge to provide enough power for a distance of 161 km.

In electric vehicles, the flat battery pack is usually located under the floor of the car, creating a low center of gravity and helping to increase the usable space compared to petrol and diesel cars. The battery structure usually consists of ingot battery assemblies forming a module, and a module assembly forming a battery pack.

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