MIT Students Come Up with Liquid Fuel for Electric Cars

June 9, 2011 / No Comments

What we have for you now is not just some usual news on alternate fuel technologies. A group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students have come up with a brand new technology, which is definitely going to lure many of you to EVs. Perhaps, nothing concerns the EV owners as much as its charging and range. Here comes the perfect solution . The new battery design stores its electrons in semi-solid flow cells!

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Let’s check how it works. The charged particles are suspended in an electrolyte solution and it is in turn pumped  between compartments used for storing or releasing energy. The technology is expected to make the batteries ten times more efficient than their traditional. Further, it is less expensive than the earlier ones and can cut the size and expense of current batteries by as much as 50 percent.

The best part of all is that charging the cells is as simple as pumping the drained fluid out and pumping fresh charged fluid in. Of course, many EV owners will be happy to know that it will take only as little time as a standard gasoline fill-up to charge their green vehicles. In this way, the new technology helps a great deal in reducing the inconvenience and range woes associated with modern EVs.

With an operational prototype expected to be completed in the next 18 months, the new battery design brings before us immense prospects for ‘green travel’.

(via Brammo)