Phinergy, Alcoa, Demonstrate 1000-Mile Range-extending Electric Car Battery

When it comes to electric car range, Tesla’s all-electric Model S sedan with optional 85 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack is unarguably champion among production electric vehicles. While its EPA rating is just 265 miles per charge, it’s possible to push range well beyond 300 miles with the right person behind the wheel.

But that 300 miles range pails into insignificance next to an aluminum air battery demonstrated at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada June 2. Capable of more than 1,000 miles without needing a charge, the all-new battery could make it possible to drive from Portland to Los Angeles on a single charge.

The product of a joint partnership between Israeli firm Phinergy and lightweight metals manufacturing engineering specialist Alcoa, the new EV-ready aluminum Air battery is far more energy dense — meaning it can store more energy per unit volume —  than the lithium-ion battery packs found in today’s modern electric cars.

Source: NIKKI GORDON-BLOOMFIELD, Transport Evolved

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