Imagine if you could drive your eco-friendly car for 1,500 miles without stopping for recharge thanks to this innovative car battery?
This distance is more than 4 times as far as the best and most expensive model of an eco-friendly car can currently go without being charged.
The innovative battery designed by a former navy officer may soon change this. Unlike the ones used in conventional electric cars, this battery can power Lorries, buses, and even aircrafts!
The inventor of the battery, British engineer and former navy officer, Trevor Jackson, signed a multimillion pound contract to begin manufacturing his invention on a large scale throughout the UK.
How Did the British Engineer Come Up with this Invention?
The former navy officer managed to get a grant for research from the Advanced Propulsion Centre, a partner of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. His tech has also been validated by 2 French Universities.
He said that this wasn’t an easy battle, but that he finally made major progress and this is the proper way to go.
He started working on new inventions for powering electric vehicles after an engineering career. He worked for Rolls Royce in Derby and helped design nuclear reactors and was also a part of the Royal Navy at a lieutenant position.
Back in 2001, he started exploring the world of aluminum air batteries in a garage workshop in England.
10 years after, he and his company Metalectrique designed a prototype; however, they were pushed back by the automobile industry and struggled taking off with their prototype.
However, in 2017, they made progress when the battery was approved by the UK Trade and Investment agency.
It definitely looks even more promising after learning that he signed a deal with Austin Electric this month.
Danny Corcoran, the chief executive at Austin Electric says that this could be the next industrial revolution and that this battery may change the whole game.
The Main Drawback of Eco Cars
Even though they have so many benefits to offer, eco-friendly cars have a major setback, that is, the charging. An average eco vehicle will only take you several hundred miles before you need to stop and charge the car at a designated station and wait for it to regain power.
The engineer plans to change this and reportedly, the battery may help keep the car go for 1,500 miles before it needs to be recharged.
What Kind of Battery Is this?
Jackson designed a new type of electrolyte which works with lower-purity metal and resulted in a secret formula which may help drivers of eco cars drive for 1500 miles before they need to make a stop for charging.
And, technically, the battery isn’t a battery- it’s a fuel cell. Namely, a batter converts chemical energy into electric power whereas a fuel cell transforms the chemical energy of hydrogen or some other fuel to produce electricity in an efficient and clean way.