In addition to extreme temperatures and battery degradation, EV drivers are noticing another phenomenon affecting their battery performance and fuel efficiency. Phantom drain, also known as vampire drain, occurs when energy is lost from a battery when the vehicle is not in use.
Lithium-ion batteries are made up of three essential components; the positive and negative electrodes, the cathode and the anode, and the chemical layer known as the electrolyte. The electrolyte is formed of salts, solvents, and additives and serves as what’s called the conduit of lithium-ions between the cathode and the anode.
Whether it’s hesitation or logistics – I know there’s a lot of questions surrounding the electrification movement. With any new technology, there are always going to be differences of opinions and potential concerns. And electric vehicles are no different.
We’ll be speaking about electrification, sustainability (as per usual) and the entire movement at it’s core – because I know that sustainability isn’t just for those interested in electrification. There’s a little piece that everyone can take from this.
The timeframe for electric vehicle technology, infrastructure and innovation has shortened dramatically. It went from a span of 5-10 years being the average to see any major change in innovation, to 1-2 years being the standard.
A lot of the progress that has been made in this sustainability movement has really started to rev up in Europe. The Netherlands, Norway – specifically in cities like Oslo, Amsterdam, London in the UK and even eastern Asia.