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Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by ogbiwa: 8:21am On Jun 08
Futuristic flying cars are 'imminent' claim researchers who say they've solved a problem that could stand in the way of making the sci-fi vehicle a reality.

Chao-Yang Wang, director of the Electrochemical Engine Center at Penn State says his team may have found a solution to slow-charing batteries that are needed to power up the vehicles.

Flying cars, which could whisk you off to work and speed along hovering roads, may not be only figments of science-fiction movies in the future.

Wang tells Inverse the solution to charging lithium-ion batteries could be to turn up the heat to almost 150 degrees Fahrenehit (65C).

According to Wang, few boffins have published reports on electric vertical take-off and lift (eVTOL) batteries, leaving room for innovation and research.

The team looked at how standard lithium-ion batteries can be modified for faster charging, which is necessary for eVTOLs that stop-and-take off multiple times in a given day.

Wang says thermally modulated batteries, through rapid preheating and charging at 60C, could be the answer.

Traditional batteries of their kind operate at a lower temperature and are affected by battery degradation, also referred to as 'plating'.

During plating, a metallic build-up occurs in the battery and affects the performance over time.

The researchers write that thermal stimulation - or heating - is a simple way to solve the issue.

By 2050, it's predicted that 68% of the world's population will live in cities, making groundbreaking research in transportation more vital than ever.

Offering Urban Air Mobility (UAM) as an alternative to congestion or busy public transportation could reduce the carbon footprint in growing cities.

While many picture flying cars we see on TV or on the screen, it's believed they'll be more comparable to electrically powered helicopters or large drones.

In theory, the crafts would clear up traffic congestion by taking off and landing vertically and take a fraction of the time it would take in traditional transportation methods.

However, it would take a large infrastructure and policy changes to implement the UAM crafts, and the eVTOL technology hasn't quite caught up yet in terms of affordability.

Wang also revealed that eVTOLs will need better batteries than those currently designed to make it work.

He said: “eVTOL batteries must have ~3x more power density than EV batteries due to the need of vertical takeoff and landing [and] must be recharged within 5-10 minutes concurrently with passenger swapping in order to make commercial operation economical."

Also, the frequent trips per day, whizzing passengers during rush hour, will need ultralong cycle life for the batteries too.

Although it's not expected to see flying cars zooming around our cities in the near future, research and better battery design could help bring the industry one step closer.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/flying-cars-imminent-futuristic-technology-24270098

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Designandbuild1: 8:21am On Jun 08
I trust Lagosians. They'll still pass one-way in the sky angry

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Eazi1(m): 8:27am On Jun 08
I thought li-polymer charge fasther than -ions, why not go for that

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by FBIBOT(m): 8:32am On Jun 08
Hold up go still dey Lagos airways grin

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by ogbiwa: 8:33am On Jun 08
Designandbuild1:
I trust Lagosians. They'll still pass one-way in the sky angry

grin

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Arkmanbuddy(m): 9:13am On Jun 08
Not just battery development but also the overall design of the car of the future. No flying car should look like a drone or a small seaplane on land. A flying car should look like a car on land, and could change shape in flight.

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Arkmanbuddy(m): 9:14am On Jun 08
Eazi1:
I thought li-polymer charge fasther than -ions, why not go for that


It's not more of charging faster, but charge density. A better battery should hold more charge and degrade slower.

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Eazi1(m): 10:57am On Jun 08
Arkmanbuddy:



It's not more of charging faster, but charge density. A better battery should hold more charge and degrade slower.
Well, you're right, but the set back was not charging quick, lithium-ions batters hold longer than lithium-polymer, but the set backs are:
1. Its bigger than li-po.. that's the reason most smart phone contains polymer battery
2. Slower in charging too... the same reason smartphone use lipo and your 5000mah can be full in just 1hr 15min. talking bout correct devices, not itel and co.

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Arkmanbuddy(m): 11:18am On Jun 08
Eazi1:
Well, you're right, but the set back was not charging quick, lithium-ions batters hold longer than lithium-polymer, but the set backs are:
1. Its bigger than li-po.. that's the reason most smart phone contains polymer battery
2. Slower in charging too... the same reason smartphone use lipo and your 5000mah can be full in just 1hr 15min. talking bout correct devices, not itel and co.


Absolutely right. My take is focus has to be shifted from lithium batteries and research should be on other sources or materials that would have all the advantages you listed and be best not just for flying cars, but electric cars generally.

Also, we should think about having self charging vehicles: charging on-the-go with solar which would reduce our dependence on chargers and storage.

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Eazi1(m): 12:04pm On Jun 08
Arkmanbuddy:



Absolutely right. My take is focus has to be shifted from lithium batteries and research should be on other sources or materials that would have all the advantages you listed and be best not just for flying cars, but electric cars generally.

Also, we should think about having self charging vehicles: charging on-the-go with solar which would reduce our dependence on chargers and storage.
I love the way u think, it's a future development

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by ictjobber: 12:21pm On Jun 08
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Mother f*****ng Caucasians doing what they know how to do best..

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We on the other hand get wetin we dey good at.

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by temptnow: 12:22pm On Jun 08
I can't wait for 2035 and above. Oil price will fall to $15 just like Covid 19 price that threw Nigeria to second recession.

, this Oil madness will soon end.

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Angrygoat: 12:23pm On Jun 08
It can't work in naija. It can never be invented here never. We are last in the whole wide word

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Vivuch: 12:23pm On Jun 08
Here we are discussing cow, and other part of the world is moving ahead. Buhari is more interested in cow. God "SAFE" Nigeria

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by slawormiir: 12:23pm On Jun 08
Damnnn niggarrrr
Isoright
Sounds like James bond movies

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Unbullied(m): 12:23pm On Jun 08
Nigerians abi Uarians will sell their kidneys to afford these cars and the speed at which the country go use empty, only the gworo chewing, cow fuxing herdsmen will be left to rule themselves

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Tywo2018: 12:24pm On Jun 08
But still the sky is wide enough for birds without have any recourse whatsoever to torch each other
Designandbuild1:
I trust Lagosians. They'll still pass one-way in the sky angry
Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by DenreleDave(m): 12:24pm On Jun 08
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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Offpoint1: 12:24pm On Jun 08
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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by youngllleo: 12:25pm On Jun 08
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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by abaimuyi(m): 12:25pm On Jun 08
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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by colossus91(m): 12:25pm On Jun 08
This government will still ban it!
Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by AeroplaneApple: 12:25pm On Jun 08
Imagine a Beetle Car popularly called ijapa flying in the air grin grin what a time to be alive

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by TOPCRUISE(m): 12:25pm On Jun 08
People will be flying to yankee anyhow. No more visa wink
Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by 1759ademola: 12:25pm On Jun 08
Yusuf Buhari will be one of the first to get it with our money while we have no light in our houses.

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by C0dednew: 12:25pm On Jun 08
Nothing special... My Benin people don dey use this technology since 1540 grin

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by SonOfTheRisingS: 12:26pm On Jun 08
That's why Biafra must be restored, let Biafran scientists and civil engineers resume productions for everyone's interest.

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Re: Flying Cars Are Now Imminent As Researchers Finally Hit A Major Breakthrough by Thylord(m): 12:26pm On Jun 08
Just imagine engine failure.the crash landing will be magnificent.

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