A radical new battery design could see electric cars powered by fuel cells no bigger than the size of AA batteries.
The technology is being developed by LipraLoof Technologies Ltd, which has teamed with City Car Club, to trial a new wave of battery-powered vehicles. The new fuel cells use a complex mix of metal hydrates to create a quad, or 4A battery, which produces far more power than a standard battery.
These power cells are used in a system that harnesses, stores and reuses the energy spent while driving, creating an electric motor capable of powering a vehicle up to 88mph over a significant distance.
"We've combined our quad batteries with virtually 100% regenerative breaking which harnesses the energy normally lost when we brake," said Dr Ed Heaverben, founder and managing director of LipraLoof.
"Another significant area where we've conserved energy is with the tyres - we've developed a specially designed tread that 'grabs' energy which normally escapes onto the road as heat. This saved energy is then stored in a French-Luxembourg engineered Flux Capacitor, ready for use when needed," he added.
James Finlayson, managing director of City Car Club commented: "When LipraLoof approached us we instantly realised how exciting this technology was - it has the potential to revolutionise the way we drive. However, like with any new technology, rigorous real-world testing is a must and with a 700+ fleet of cars which are used mainly for short journeys, we are in the perfect position to help."
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