Lamborghini and MIT Could Double the Effectiveness of Supercapacitors for EVs

When did Lamborghini go from producing silly cars for Rod Stewart to being at the leading edge of sci-fi technology?

A few weeks ago we found out that Lamborghini was sending carbon fiber to the International Space Station and this week they’re announcing a patent developed in concert with MIT to make better supercapacitors.

The patent itself is for a new synthetic material based on a Metal-Organic Framework. That may sound like something you’d hear an Autobot talking about before exploding balletically, but it’s actually a real thing that isn’t very likely explode.

Metal-Organic Frameworks are a type of material that can be built on the microscopic level by scientists. That has a lot of benefits, but Lamborghini and the MIT Chemistry Department are specifically interested in increasing the specific surface area of these materials for use in supercapacitors.

Increasing specific surface area is of interest to people who make supercapacitors because you can then increase the amount of surface area exposed to electric charge. The more surface area, the more electricity you can store in relation to the mass and volume of the material.

Lamborghini wants to use this instead of batteries to power electric cars. The benefit is that you use the actual structure of the car as the “battery,” instead of making a chassis to hold a big heavy lump of lithium.

And in that mission, Lamborghini is approaching success. The patent filed today, says Lamborghini, should double the energy density of this type of material.

Lamborghini has already started noodling around with this idea in concepts like the Terzo Millennio and in (highly limited) production vehicles like the hybrid Sian.

“The joint research with MIT fully embodies our values and our vocation for anticipating the future: a future in which hybridization is increasingly desirable and inevitably necessary,” says Stefano Domenicali, Lambo’s CEO.

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