Hyundai partners with quantum computer firm IonQ for battery development

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Quantum computer maker IonQ Inc said on Wednesday it is working with Hyundai Motor Co to use quantum computers to develop more effective batteries.

The collaboration will create a battery chemistry model to simulate the structure and energy of lithium oxide, to help improve the performance, cost and safety of lithium batteries, IonQ said.

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Better battery technology is key to advancing the use of electric cars.

Researchers believe that quantum computers can run millions of times faster than today’s advanced supercomputers, making tasks like mapping complex molecular structures and chemical reactions much faster.

To do this, quantum computers need to scale up even further, experts say. Yet companies, from banks to pharmaceutical companies, are testing different ways to start using the quantum computers to be ready for the day when they become more reliable.

(Reporting by Jane Lanhee Lee, Oakland, California; editing by Sandra Maler)

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