Improving battery longevity is the Holy Grail for most major tech companies, from electric car manufacturer Tesla to smartphone producers like Apple and Google. But, the next leap forward in battery technology could come from a company you wouldn't expect: Dyson. That's right, the vacuum company has made a major investment in new technology that could potentially revolutionize mobile battery life.
Dyson has invested $15 million in Sakti3, a company that has created solid-state battery technology that could dramatically increase the life of rechargeable batteries. The technology allows batteries to store twice as much energy as conventional rechargeable liquid lithium batteries.
“Sakti3 has achieved leaps in performance, which current battery technology simply can’t,” said company founder James Dyson. “It’s these fundamental technologies – batteries, motors – that allow machines to work properly.”
Following Dyson's big investment, the batteries will likely make their debut in its cordless vacuums. The technology could also double battery life in smartphones and tablets, and allow electric cars to drive up to 600 miles on a single charge. These new batteries would even be cheaper to make and more environmentally friendly than the liquid lithium rechargeable batteries we're using right now.