Three Principles for Designing Charging Infrastructure

by Annie Wechter

In April, industry technology leaders and stakeholders in the battery value chain got together in London at RBC Capital Market’s Battery Value Chain Conference to discuss the importance of the role of EV charging infrastructure in the transition to net-zero mobility.  

Nyobolt’s co-founder and CEO, Sai Shivareddy, shared the stage with Janette Bell, First Bus Managing Director, Muge Ponte, and Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging Network.  

Here are three key principles Sai shared around his vision for reducing the size of battery packs and combating “charge anxiety” in concerted efforts to develop breakthrough technologies that pave the way for power-packed EVs and infrastructure. 

1. “Range Anxiety” is really a manifestation of “Charge Anxiety.”   

  • Once ubiquitous fast charging is available anywhere and everywhere, a driver’s daily experience of leaving the house with a less-than-full battery charge will be of as little concern as leaving the house with a near-empty petrol tank today. 

2. Charge anxiety is addressed by improving the rate at which you can refill a battery 

  • Nyobolt has achieved this through the design of new materials that deliver extreme high power without the typical safety and degradation problems normally associated with traditional lithium-ion batteries, extending the lifetime of the battery over very fast charge conditions. 

 3. “As a scientist and engineer, I believe technology should provide a better experience as you set out to do good for the planet” – Sai Shivareddy, CEO and founder of Nyobolt.

  • For People: To change consumer sentiment and influence behavioral changes, you need to address the costs and freedoms that are being curtailed by current EV charging technology. 
  • For the Planet: The magnitude of natural resources needed for the energy transition is directly linked to the way you size your battery in the average EV. For example, if you have a 60kWh battery pack versus a 30kWh pack, you will double the volume of finished materials required through the mining process, and many more multiples of earth moved, and energy consumed in the process. 

In summary, with the availability of grid infrastructure upgrades and higher power charging increasing worldwide, we expect to witness a paradigm shift as the size of battery packs reduce in size, while increasing in power. If you’re interested in hearing more from the session, click the link to the full replay.