Phinergy, an Israel-based technology company, has created a car battery that powers an electric vehicle, EV, for as long as 1,000 miles before needing a recharge.
Phinergy has successfully integrated an aluminum battery into an EV that triples the traveling distance of some current models.
"Our aluminum-air energy systems are superior to conventional batteries in terms of energy density and specific energy," the company said on its website Friday.
Aluminum is a widely available metal that is easily recycled and contains high amounts of energy (8 kilowatt-hours per kilogram). In conventional aluminum-air batteries, aluminum reacts to oxygen and produces electricity. Phinergy's innovation uses water and recycles the hydrated aluminum oxide to create an anode, a process that enables a closed and sustainable life cycle or recharge.
"Our systems are mechanically reloaded, avoiding long charging time," the company said on its site.
The privately held Phinergy, aiming to have an EV model available by 2017, has landed a contract with the Franco-Japanese Renault-Nissan Alliance, a partnership of Renault SA (EPA:RNO) and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7201).
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