Imagine making the 19-hour, 1,800-kilometre drive from Toronto to Halifax in an electric car without having to stop for a recharge.
That’s theoretically possible with a special kind of battery being demonstrated this week in Montreal by Israel-based Phinergy and Alcoa Canada.
The battery, demonstrated this week in Montreal by Israel-based Phinergy and Alcoa Canada, consists of panels made mostly of aluminum. (Alcoa)
The partners have refurbished an “ordinary car” to use a special “aluminum-air” battery.
The battery can extend the range of an electric car by 1,600 kilometres when used in conjunction with the vehicle’s regular lithium-ion battery.
“We hope that this will increase the penetration of electric cars with zero emissions,” said Aziz Tzidon, CEO of Phinergy, in an interview with CBC Montreal’s Homerun earlier this week, adding that it should put an end to “range anxiety.”