24 October, 2019

Is the future of motoring battery powered after all?

Let's face it, when we compare standard petrol and diesel engine vehicles to newer electric models, the older technology seemed far more convenient for many motorists.

Instead of charging your vehicle in a few hours or worse, overnight, with petrol and diesel engines you top them up and you are good for another few hundred miles, not to mention the limited range of current electric vehicles.

That was until now. An ex-Royal Navy officer and engineer Trevor Jackson may well have just offered a tempting alternative to the traditional batteries used in electric vehicles.

Trevor has worked on a unique design for a new style of battery which its claimed will allow vehicles to travel for up to 1,500 miles on a single charge, a range far greater than any traditional petrol or diesel engine at the moment.

The technology which is being kept under wraps for obvious reasons but the technology it uses isn’t anything new and was first developed in the 1960s. Since 2001 Trevor has been working using the technology to create his revolutionary battery.

The battery works by dipping aluminimum in to a solution known as an electrolyte which in turn triggers a reaction between the metal and air to produce electricity.

It is hope the batteries, which are cheaper and greener than existing ones, could be used to power all manner of machines, including cars, buses and even planes.

In 2017 the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) a government body, said the technology was a ‘very attractive battery’ based on ‘well established’ technology producing more energy per kilogram that more traditional batteries, however the technology has only recently found its way to market due to motor manufacturers allegedly requesting the Foreign Office banning Trevor from attending a conference in Paris where the technology could be unveiled.

And the price of the technology is staggering. Trevor claims that the batteries in a Tesla vehicle, which cost approximately £30,000, could be replaced by his batteries for a fraction of the cost at only £5,000 producing the power needed by the car for longer.