Yesterday, we reported on Tesla’s battery research team led by Jeff Dahn publishing a new research paper about progress made on their anode-free lithium-metal battery cell.
One important comment that we overlooked is that the battery researchers mentioned this new battery could even enable “electrified urban aviation”:
“Such high energy density can increase the range of electric vehicles by approximately 280 km or even enable electrified urban aviation.”
They are specifically talking about “urban” aviation, which likely refers to those electric air taxi services that several companies, like Uber, are working on.
These services are based on electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that can generally carry a few passengers over short distances.
The current anode-free lithium-metal battery cells tested by Tesla’s battery research team in Canada under Jeff Dahn’s lab are achieving a ~360 Wh/kg energy density and volumetric energy density of 1000 Wh/L.