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One of the most-cited concerns about all-electric cars — battery capacity — will soon become moot thanks to a new nanomaterial capable of tripling the capacity and extending the service life of lithium-ion batteries, according to a new study published in the Journal of Alloys and Compounds.

The researchers synthesized a new nanomaterial able to replace low-efficiency graphite — which is used in lithium-ion batteries today. Lithium-ion batteries are found in common household appliances — from smartphones to electric vehicles. They charge and discharge via the movement of lithium ions from one negatively charged anode to a positively charged cathode.

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