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Photos of the Day: Aluminum-Air Battery Powers Electric Demo Car

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:04am
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The aluminum-air battery uses air and water to unlock the energy stored in aluminum. According to Phinergy, just one of the 50 aluminum plates in the battery can power a car for approximately 20 miles, and when used to supplement a lithium-ion battery, can extend vehicle range by approximately 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles).

Read: New Battery Tech Extends Electric Vehicle Travel

The technology allows an energy density that surpasses conventional battery technologies and creates electric vehicles with travel distances, purchase prices and life-cycle costs that are comparable to fossil-fuel cars.

 

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