Qu’s Research Could Help Electric Cars Beat the Cold

Researcher Joshua Harris loads a flat lithium-ion battery into equipment that will test its chemistry at different temperatures. (UWM Photo/Pete Amland)


Researchers in Deyang Qu’s lab (including Joshua Harris, photo) have found a fix for the cold-car start – at least for electric vehicles, which use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to spark ignition.

Qu, the Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage Research at UWM, and his researchers have come up with the right “recipe” for a part of the battery – the electrolyte. This liquid induces a chemical reaction to move lithium ions around, necessary for generating a current. Read more.