Gallery: Phinergy’s Recyclable Aluminum-Air Battery Could Power Electri...

 

Range anxiety is a much-discussed concern among drivers—and potential drivers—of electric vehicles, and in attempt to thwart it, automakers are trying to install more EV charging stations, offering free gas-powered rentals for longer trips and, of course, developing batteries with a substantially longer range. Israeli start-up Phinergy believes they might just have the answer: aluminum-air batteries that can go for thousands of miles on a single charge. This alone might sound like it’s on the ambitious side, but the company believes the batteries could be installed in production vehicles as soon as 2017!

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  1. Trevor Jackson March 27, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Phinergy is doing the right thing. Aluminium air batteries are the next power source for EVs (http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=14442338). This is known by only a few other companies worldwide and investors are rapidly moving into this sector (http://investing.businessweek.com/research/markets/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201303201231M2______EUPR_____0a7a000000c5f4d8_3600-1) but only one has cracked the chemistry to allow ordinary aluminium to be used in an affordable, safe EV (http://www.metalectrique.co.uk/about-us). This has been around for a number of years but lobbying has prevented it from gaining government support in Europe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IEmrQzch2E). The announcements from Phinergy and Metalectrique this week are a sign that we’re finally moving into an electric future on the road.

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