Race Car Builder Dennis Palatov Wants to Revolutionize EV Batteries

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Electric vehicle batteries are evolving faster than ever before. Electric vehicles are seen as inferior because of their limited battery range. Today some EVs can travel well above 250 miles on a single battery charge. Electric vehicle batteries are improving thanks to discoveries and innovations. Race car builder Dennis Palatov believes he can change EV batteries forever.

Palatov’s grand design

Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory | Sebastian Kahnert/picture alliance via Getty Images

Dennis Palatov is an electrical engineer that builds amazing race cars. Palatov’s designs are innovative and have earned him the respect and admiration of many. His track cars are the stuff of legend because of their incredible handling and accuracy. He has designed sports cars and track cars. Now, Dennis is turning his attention toward electric powertrains.

Palatov believes that he can revolutionize electric vehicle battery packs by changing the way they are made and used. According to Autoweek, he plans to launch Modular Battery Technologies, a company that will focus on creating electric vehicle batteries. The company will manufacture full-voltage modules as opposed to the low-voltage modules that currently power most electric vehicles.

Full-voltage modules can be aligned parallel to each other instead of stacked the way current low-voltage modules are. Palatov thinks that current batteries are not sized appropriately for the range they are actually being used for. The introduction of full-voltage modules that are placed parallel to each other and do not stack can reduce battery size and efficiency.

What Palatov’s battery idea could do for the future of EVs

A Volkswagen employee wires the battery on a line for the VW ID.3 | Sebastian Kahnert/picture alliance via Getty Images

Today electric vehicle driving range is limited to its battery capacity. Dennis Palatov aims to change that by powering electric vehicles through slimmer, lighter individual battery modules rather than a heavy battery pack that has limits. If this works, it will allow electric vehicle drivers to travel as far as they want by adding or swapping battery modules in their vehicles when needed.

What’s even wilder about Palatov’s genius battery module idea is that he welcomes automakers to take it. He thinks that this technology and strategy is necessary for the advancement of EV batteries and that companies should implement it. So what does a future using Palatov’s battery modules look like?

The potential future of electric vehicle batteries

A battery from a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle is on show in the foyer of the Envision battery manufacturing plant at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, north east England on July 1, 2021.
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Battery capacity would almost be a non-factor to EVs if drivers could swap out battery modules and provide more power to their overall battery life whenever needed. Say your battery life is 30%, and you are facing horrible range anxiety while traveling somewhere. Palatov suggests a system in which you can pull over and pay a price to borrow a charged module to power your vehicle.

Then you can continue on your journey and return the module later. It would be just as easy as stopping for gas and so much quicker than charging an EV back to full power. Dennis Palatov is a genius when it comes to building race cars and sports cars. If his hunch about electric vehicle battery modules is correct, he could go down in history as the person who revolutionized EV battery technology.
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