Rumored to be Citroen, a car maker has signed an exclusive deal with the Israeli development company Phinergy. The change to Eco-Car-Leasing from this will just be fantastic. Their break through has been in the manufacture of battery technology that uses only fresh air, water and aluminium. Now before you get excited about using up metals, bauxite, the base of aluminium if far and away the most common of all metal bases.
The battery is capable of up to 1000 miles on a charge by creating electricity which is stored in and used from a lithium ion battery. A prototype is running, in the form of a Citroen C1 but is anything up to 3 years away from production. Already the system is refined enough to have its own APP which calculates your range at any time and shows it on your phone.
Water is used for the electrolyte through which ions pass and give off energy as the move across the battery and charge the li-0n battery to power the motor. Aluminium provides the anode and air is the cathode, the metal is slowly used up as the system generates. So far in tests water fuel is added every 200 miles.
The technology was proven as long ago as 2002, but it is only recently that it has been made to work on this scale. The theories have proven to be correct. The batteries will be lighter than present technology and low on use of exotic materials .
Hyundai, so long a conservative car builder, is again pushing the outer technology boundaries with a fuel cell car going into production. On the back of 2 million miles of testing, the Tucson, or IX35, is nearing production as Hyundai will be using its own cells and all its own technology. The test vehicles are covering 400 miles on a full hydrogen refill of 5 kg.
Given that this is a very likely alternative to fuel oil, be it diesel or petrol, in the future, then Iceland will surely become the next middle east of the world as it possesses a massive proportion of the world’s naturally occurring hydrogen.